UNICEF report gave New Zealand “F for failure when it comes to wellbeing outcomes for children”, its executive director for the country Vivien Maidaborn said.
“This is a woeful result for a country that prides itself on the great outdoors, academic achievement, and the international success of our sports teams. It is time to be alarmed and activated about the inequality of opportunity, health and wellbeing in New Zealand,” she said.
The latest Unicef Innocenti report card shows that, out of 41 developed countries in the OECD and European Union, New Zealand ranks 35th.
The country’s youth suicide rates are the second highest in the developed world, according to the UN Children’s Fund rankings.