When it comes to poverty in Auckland, the country’s economic engine is divided between the haves and the have-nots. One in nine tamariki live in households that forgo basic necessities to make ends meet, says The Spinoff, with five of the south Auckland boards – Mangere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa, Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Papakura – ranking the least wealthy. Now, one high-end designer has teamed up with Middlemore Foundation to help. The “Jumper for Jumper” initiative sees the sustainable knitwear brand ‘Standard Issue’ donating one woollen jumper to a kid in need for every customer purchase.

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