So how is the team of five million looking after its latest encounter with Covid-19 and its more transmissible Delta strain?
The majority will be relieved to have escaped its clutches.
On the other side of the ledger, the virus has had a powerful impact on lower- income groups.
One lobby group, noting the current lockdown triggered the largest weekly increase in numbers of people receiving benefits since the first lockdown last year, says the government isn’t doing enough to help affected families.
The latest MSD reporting also shows food grant numbers near the end of August were double what they were at the same time last year, when Auckland was in a level 3 lockdown. Continue reading “Child poverty group presses for more govt help as demand for benefits and food grants surges”