Stuff co.nz 21 November 2015
The most deprived parts of New Zealand are overwhelmingly represented in the country’s child homicide statistics.
A Stuff analysis of 187 victims* of child homicide since 1992 found that 42 were from suburbs that scored 10 (for most deprived) out of 10 on the 2013 Social Deprivation Index. A further 37 were from suburbs that scored 9, while only three were from suburbs that scored 1 (least deprived).
The majority of victims – 73.5 per cent – were from suburbs with a Social Deprivation Index score of 6 or greater.
The Social Deprivation Index calculates the level of deprivation in an area using census data on subjects such as income, employment, home ownership and living space.