Everyone deserves the means to make ends meet if they fall on hard times and at least a living wage when they are working.

Key Facts:

  • Over 596,000 hardship assistance payments were made in the March 2020 quarter. That’s more than 10% of the team of 5 million left behind. Food has consistently remained the main reason for needing this support. (MSD March 2020 Benefit Factsheet)
  • Welfare working group says benefits need to be increased by between 12 percent and 47 percent to make them liveable and enable people to participate in their communities. (Whakamana Tāngata: Welfare Expert Advisory Group Report)
  • 51,000 working households are living in poverty. In-work poverty in New Zealand Human Rights Commission (Report)