Originally published: Scoop, 24 January 2023
- New research highlights the financial pressure families feel when expecting a baby, with 91 per cent of Kiwi parents saying their power bill increased after having kids*
- Energy provider, Contact, is offering three months of free power to families expecting newborns from 1st February 2023 as part of an initiative called Fourth Trimester
- Research shows the cost of raising a child in Aotearoa starts at $9,100 a year – Whānau Āwhina Plunket says Contact’s initiative will have a significant impact for Kiwi families
Auckland, New Zealand: New research from New Zealand energy provider, Contact, has revealed the financial pressure parents-to-be are under when expecting a child, with the biggest concern noted by Kiwi parents being the anticipated increase in household bills.
*A nationally representative sample of New Zealand parents was surveyed by research agency Pureprofile in December 2022.