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3 Policy solutions to personal debt
Debt is a critical issue in New Zealand, with a rising debt-to-income ratio and disproportionate impact on Māori, Pacific individuals, and women. "Buy now pay later" schemes worsen the problem, causing financial anxiety with adverse health consequences. Policy solutions like loan forgiveness, debt-to-equity conversion, and interest rate caps offer promise, but policymakers must exercise caution to avoid unintended consequences.
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Impacts of food insecurity
Food insecurity is a significant problem in New Zealand, with 14% of the population lacking access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. Lower-income households and single-parent households, particularly from Maori and Pacific communities, are more affected. Food insecurity impact includes poor mental health, inadequate diets, and poor academic achievement. Policy-based solutions could include mobile food share programs or incentivizing farmers to donate surplus produce to food banks.
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Rent freezes: Who wins, who loses
Rent prices in New Zealand have seen a sharp increase since 2007. Rent freezes can help to reduce social and economic inequality by protecting renters from exorbitant rent increases, but they must be implemented carefully or may lead to further problems such as reduced demand for higher-quality rental properties or landlords being deterred from investing in improvements.
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The case for and against minimum wage increases
Minimum wages in New Zealand are essential for protecting vulnerable workers and promoting social mobility. Yet, the rising cost of living has outpaced the increase in minimum wage rates. Comparisons to other developed countries show that New Zealand still lags behind in terms of hourly wages paid to its workers, demonstrating the need for further evaluation and adjustment of wage levels.
Infographic outlining the policy solutions to increased cost of living
3 controversial policy solutions for New Zealand’s sky high prices
Research shows higher cost of living can lead to dietary changes, inadequate nutrition and decreased access to quality healthcare. We must ensure all New Zealanders can access a secure and healthy future. Raising the minimum wage, implementing rent freezes and investing in Foodshare programs are initiatives that could help reduce poverty levels and provide citizens with access to affordable, nutritious food options.