The non-challenged New Zealand narrative is that housing costs are a major driver of child poverty.
Rents are unaffordable, houses are damp and mouldy, and children go hungry and ill as a consequence.
Consider these newly released graphs from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) as part of the Child Poverty Related Indicators Report May 2021:
Asian children live in homes with the highest ratio of housing- to- income costs.
Asian children have the lowest experience of damp, mouldy homes.
Asian children are the least likely to go hungry.
Looks a lot to me like Asians prioritise renting or buying at the limit of their capability; that they seek better properties and better neighbourhoods and take responsibility for any damp or mould; and that even on tight budgets they know how to feed their kids.
Asian parents give lie to the New Zealand narrative.
Lindsay Mitchell blogs here.