As New Zealand tries to finally fulfil its new refugee quota, concerns are growing over the unaffordable and poor quality housing they're being put in.
"More children are turning up to school hungry," KidsCan's Julie Chapman said.
"Bonkers" and "extremely dumb" are just some of ways critics are describing the government's U-turn on transport subsidies.
More than three quarters of New Zealanders agree the Government's top priority should be bringing down the price of common food items.
Chris Hipkins says he's focusing on "bread and butter" issues as the Government shapes up for election year.
The move will benefit 120,000 business and 40,000 personal customers from February 1.
The hurting middle-income homeowners number fewer than you'd think, economics commentator Bernard Hickey told Anna Burns-Francis on Breakfast today.
This comes as the Poultry Industry Association warns it is going to be months before the situation improves.
However, they are seeing the quality of items being donated decrease, as consumers opt to hold onto their items or sell them for cash.
The young MPs for Nationals and Labour joined Breakfast's Jenny-May Clarkson for the first regular political panel of 2023.
The weather remains a wild card for food price inflation, with adverse weather events hitting New Zealand growers over summer.
The weather remains a wild card for food price inflation, with adverse weather events hitting New Zealand- growers over the summer.
The big driver of the most recent inflation rate was rising costs associated with housing and household utilities, due to rising construction prices and rentals housing.
Devon Funds' Greg Smith said inflation rates decreasing in another countries is a positive sign.
It comes as the latest inflation figures are set to be released later today.
It comes as many Kiwis are struggling with the cost of re-fixing their mortgage rates.
The biggest increase was seen in fruit and vegetables, which increased by 23% compared with December 2021, according to Stats NZ.
He said they were facing having to find nearly $2000 a month extra for interest alone, and had to use "a lot of creativity" in budgeting to make it work.
The SPCA's seen a 20% increase in strays arriving into their care, mainly puppies and kittens, in the last six months.
The rising cost to supply produce to retail supermarkets is responsible for most price increases, up 24% in the last year.