Jacinda Ardern backtracks and declares a cost of living CRISIS in New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern backtracks and declares a cost of living CRISIS in New Zealand – after furious Kiwis labelled her ‘out of touch’ as rent and fuel prices soar
- Jacinda Ardern has acknowledged that cost of living is at ‘crisis’ levels
- Comes just days after she failed to call it a crisis after being quizzed by reporters
- The government is considering tax cuts to the price of fuel as a solution
- Cost of living in NZ has risen due to inflation and the Russia-Ukraine war
Jacinda Ardern has finally declared New Zealand‘s cost of living a ‘crisis’, just days after she downplayed the situation.
It comes after fed-up Kiwis have labelled her ‘out of touch’ after she failed to declare a cost of living ‘crisis’ last week, despite the cost of living rising by 5.2 per cent for the average household within a year.
When asked if the country was experiencing a crisis last Wednesday, Ms Ardern said: ‘I wouldn’t describe it that way’.
But now Ardern has been forced to backtrack after thousands of fed up Kiwis called her comments ‘out of touch’ and on Monday morning, she declared a cost of living crisis.
‘Undoubtedly, for many families, there is [a cost of living crisis]. But I think the most important thing is regardless of what anyone’s calling it; it’s whether or not we accept that there’s something that needs to be done.’
Jacinda Ardern has conceded that the cost-of-living in New Zealand has become a ‘crisis’ as the government looks towards petrol tax cuts as a temporary solution
The government is now considering measures to alleviate expenses, which will be announced on Monday afternoon.
‘We are looking at additional things we can do to ease the pressure on families. We will look to move very quickly on decisions. Any decisions taken today, we will speak to this afternoon,’ Ardern added.
‘I think regardless, regardless of the title it’s given, you can call it a crisis, an emergency, a shock – the point it is we need to do something about it.’
New Zealanders have faced a big jump in cost of living due to inflation and Russia’s war with Ukraine, which has pushed petrol prices in the country to over $3 a litre.
The government has proposed tax relief on fuel for motorists as one solution to the dilemma.
New Zealand motorists already pay some of the highest fuel prices globally, with taxes on petrol going towards building news roads, road upkeep and supporting the country’s public transport system.
The price of petrol in New Zealand is currently rising past $3 a litre, with some experts predicting that could jump to $4 a litre as the Russia and Ukraine conflict causes prices to skyrocket across the globe.
New Zealand’s opposition party, National, has urged the government to scrap the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax as one measure to help alleviate costs for struggling Kiwis.
Ardern suggested that the government was considering providing tax relief on fuel for motorists and other measures as a way to ease the cost-of-living
New Zealand motorists already pay some of the highest fuel prices globally, with taxes on petrol going towards building news roads, road upkeep and supporting the country’s public transport system
Besides cuts to fuel, Ardern also indicated that other measures were being considered by the government to soften cost-of-living expenses. The measures are set to be announced on Monday at 4pm
The cost of living debate comes on the back of fierce protests against Covid restrictions in the country, with police recently breaking up a gathering outside the New Zealand parliament