Director of the Child Poverty Unit (CPU) at Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Kristie was a researcher and an academic at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research looked at socio-economic determinants of health and its implications on parents. It concluded that becoming a parent for the first time may improve mental health and reduce levels of psychological distress. She also looked into the impact of socio-economic factors such as income and employment when a child comes along, as often there is a significant decrease in available income. Her research demonstrates why welfare policies need to support the economic position of new parents to ensure their mental health is supported during this major change in their life.Kristie is now the Director of the Child Poverty Unit (CPU) at Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The CPU was established help to support the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern as the Minister for Child Poverty and Reduction. As the Director Kristie role is to support the passage of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, to support agencies to implement legislation (once passed), and to identify actions and policies for reducing child poverty while also providing advice on relevant matters.