Whānau choosing between food and shelter

as inflation rises

Putting kai on the table or keeping a roof over their heads is a decision that many whānau may have to make as inflation reaches its highest rate in 32 years.

On Monday, Stats NZ reported annual inflation jumped to a higher-than-expected 7.3% during the three months to the end of June, with housing utilities driving the increase. Inflation is now at its highest since June 1990.

The rise in the cost of food, petrol, and rentals is the main cause for concern for kaupapa Māori services that are seeing whānau being stretched thin to make ends meet – if they can make ends meet at all.

The head of one Waikato Māori social service provider says It’s adding yet another strain to families across the Waikato and South Auckland who are already working to combat the effects of Covid-19 and the flu season on their households.

Link to video and article: Whānau choosing between food and shelter as inflation rises | Stuff.co.nz


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