Cost of Living

01:19

Nelson retirees choosing to give their winter energy payment to those in need - 'An amazing thing'

Don't opt out, pass it on, is the advice a group of retired community workers are giving.

02:43
The $5.5 billion Families Package aimed at low and middle income families comes into effect today.

New Families package doesn't go far enough say critics

The Child Poverty Action Group says the package doesn't account for the increased cost of living.

00:22
The first day of the region's 11.5 cent fuel tax saw most gas stations displaying noticeable price increases.

Auckland fuel prices hike up as new regional tax hits

The first day of the region's 11.5 cent fuel tax saw most gas stations displaying noticeable differences in their prices.

00:48
The NZEI union says it's pleased with the number of people who turned out around the country.

Large crowds push for pay equity for women in education

The NZEI union says it hopes the Government will step up and deliver fair pay which reflects the highly-skilled work they do.

00:18
They want a six per cent increase, which is a far cry from the two per cent offered.

Hundreds of nurses protest demanding better pay outside Middlemore Hospital

They want a six per cent increase, which is a far cry from the two per cent offered.

03:44
Ravi Dass and wife Stephanie Hill go as far as providing free glasses for students.

Meet Masterton's Mr Four Eyes, whose mission is to help the eyesight of the town's young people

Ravi Dass and wife Stephanie Hill are even providing free glasses for students.

02:21
Jeremy O'Hanlon of homes.co.nz says there was a marked slowdown before the 2014 vote.

Will New Zealand's housing market slow down before the upcoming election?

Jeremy O'Hanlon of homes.co.nz says there was a marked slowdown before the 2014 vote.

03:21
Fancy making your own? Tim Wilson get the ingredients to a commodity comeback.

Watch: The price of butter has skyrocketed – so has it become a luxury item?

Fancy making your own? Tim Wilson gets the ingredients to a commodity comeback.

03:26
The two per cent rise is within the Reserve Bank's comfort zone, but rising faster than its forecast.

'It's way too expensive' - interest rates could rise as food, housing and petrol prices push up inflation

The two per cent rise is within the Reserve Bank's comfort zone, but rising faster than it's forecast.

01:59
A newly former student lobby group wants the government to raise the amount of living costs students can claim.

Students left with $20 for food as higher rents stretch student budgets

A newly former student lobby group wants the government to raise the amount of living costs students can claim.

00:42
Seven Sharp's Kristin Hall led the charge after finding some girls couldn't afford tampons.

Charity gets $50,000 boost to help young Kiwi women get access to sanitary products

Seven Sharp has led the charge after finding some girls couldn't afford tampons.

02:12
The tourism hot-spot is now the most unaffordable city to buy a house, and a rental shortage is compounding the problem.

Queenstown to hike rates for those renting out homes to visitors

The tourism hot-spot is now the most unaffordable city to buy a house, and a rental shortage is compounding the problem.

02:06
According to Trade Me Property figures, rents are on the up nationwide - except for one exception in the south.

Median rent for New Zealand for a three bedroom creeps above the $500 mark

According to Trade Me Property figures, rents are on the up nationwide - except for one exception in the south.

02:06
Phil Goff

Video: $5 pay rise on the horizon for Auckland, Wellington council staff

A new "living wage" incentive for council staff is a blessing for the likes of Wellington parking warden Fuifui Anae.

03:25
Seven Sharp viewers from around the country did some detective work to find out.

Where's the cheapest spot to fill up your car in New Zealand, and where's the most expensive?

Seven Sharp viewers from around the country did some detective work to find out.

Lydia Harvey uses her excess produce from her garden to barter for grocery items during her family's first month without paying for groceries.

Wanganui family's quest to spend $0 on grocery bills in 2017: 'Give freely, it will come back to you freely'

The Harvey's are making the most of homegrown produce, bartering and donations.

02:27
The variation in price among the pumps was surprising when Seven Sharp conducted a test.

Which part of Auckland has the cheapest petrol? It may surprise you

The variation in price among the pumps was surprising when Seven Sharp conducted a test.

01:58
Andrew Becroft is calling for a unified approach to solving the problem of child poverty.

'Our under 18s among the most disadvantaged, worst performing against many countries' - Children's Commissioner

Andrew Becroft is calling for a unified approach to solving the problem of child poverty.

01:51

'Seriously, Paula Bennett!' Kiwis slam NZ's new deputy PM over lack of knowledge on child poverty report

Paula Bennett's interview did not go unnoticed by New Zealanders on Facebook.

01:51

Watch: Jack Tame catches NZ's evasive new deputy PM unprepared for questions on Kiwi kids in severe poverty

Paula Bennett was grilled on alarming figures that show 90,000 Kiwi kids are in severe poverty.

00:46
Change could be on the way for tenants who damage rental properties through carelessess or neglect.

Should you be getting insurance as a renter?

Change could be on the way for tenants who damage rental properties through carelessess or neglect.

00:48
Ashley Church of the Property Institute says LVR restriction rules no longer make sense for first home buyers.

Expert: LVR exemption a potential housing crisis solution – but problem is supply

The Property Institute's Ashley Church says LVR rules no longer make sense for first home buyers.

01:34
The Labour Leader has rubbished a suggestion from Helen Clark that his party should move more towards centre.

Andrew Little: Centre ground no good for most Kiwis

The Labour Leader has rubbished a suggestion from Helen Clark that his party should move more towards centre.

01:45
Protesters have taken to the streets asking for mayoral candidates to be more vocal about the issue.

Young Aucklanders say housing market rigged against them

Protesters have taken to the streets asking for mayoral candidates to be more vocal about the issue.

01:35
Our Political Editor dissects the Reserve Bank's latest move to make it harder for investors to get a loan.

Corin Dann: Reserve Bank had no option on tightening lending rules

Our Political Editor dissects the Reserve Bank's latest move to make it harder for investors to get a loan.

02:09
The government remains adamant that investors are not the problem, and says the housing market isn't failing.

Labour takes aim at property investors with tighter tax rule promises

The government remains adamant that investors are not the problem, and says the housing market isn't failing.

02:25
The woman, due to have her second child next week, has found emergency shelter but says Work and Income is doing nothing to help her long-term housing needs.

Solo mum due to give birth says WINZ 'told me to house hunt'

The woman, due to have her second child next week, has found emergency shelter but says Work and Income is doing nothing to help her long-term housing needs.

01:45
The stretched rental market means fulltime workers in Tauranga are struggling to find a home.

Tauranga's increasing popularity making it 'victim of own success'

The stretched rental market means fulltime workers in Tauranga are struggling to find a home.

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