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Initiative offers free energy for families of the newest New Zealanders

24 January, 2023 | 

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.

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