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CPAG presentation series: Measuring deprivation in New Zealand regions

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Child Poverty Action Group and Associate Professor Dan Exeter have produced a series of regional profiles for Nelson-Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago using The New Zealand Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The IMD is a set of tools for identifying and measuring deprivation at the neighbourhood-level in data zones that have been custom-designed to produce better small area information, without losing information due to confidentiality issues. The IMD comprises 28 indicators grouped into seven domains of deprivation: Employment, Income, Crime, Housing, Health, Education and Access to services, which may be used individually or in combination to explore the geography of deprivation and its association with a given health or social outcome.

In his presentations, which are being held in Nelson, Dunedin and Christchurch, Dr Exeter will discuss the development of the IMD, and demonstrate the different ways in which the IMD and its domains can be used to better understand the drivers of deprivation within each city’s region.

These regional profiles could be useful for further research, policy and resource allocation and can help inform local-level policy making.

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