Recent research from Opinion Compare reveals how Kiwis are feeling about the lockdown, the potential impact to their day-to-day lives and general concerns as the New Zealand population enters the unchartered territory of the Covid-19 pandemic. A nationally representative survey of n=590 New Zealanders 18+ conducted on the 25th March identified it’s not the lockdown that’s causing concern, it’s the ongoing financial impact to their lives that’s keeping New Zealanders up at night.
When asked their worry about the both the lockdown and their financial well-being, it’s the financial well-being that outstrips any concerns of the lockdown.
One participant from the snap poll articulated their feelings as “I completely agree with what the Government has enacted and hope that we all stick to it but it’s the ongoing ramifications that keeps me up at night. And while there’s no answer to that, it’s a worry”
It is difficult not to be anxious about the future during this unprecedented time. Senior economists are predicting unemployment to reach 15 per cent, with one warning it could even hit 30 per cent as Covid-19 brings the economy to a shuddering halt. The construction sector estimates that nearly a third of construction jobs are at risk over the next six months due to the coronavirus lockdown.
While we all stay at home to try an combat Covid-19, NZ Compare are still working (from home) to help you make informed decisions and save money. Here are some ways you can start to take control of your finances from lockdown.
Make sure you are on the right broadband plan. Too many New Zealanders are paying more than they should for broadband. Why not take a few moments to check your address with Broadband Compare and make sure you’re getting the best deal on broadband. Any savings on your regular bill can take the pressure off your finances. Learn more about changing broadband plans during lockdown here.
10,000s of people have put in enquiries relating to the Government’s newly introduced mortgage holiday scheme. Choosing to defer your mortgage repayments by applying a for a mortgage holiday is a serious financial decision. Learn more about Mortage holiday Applications or Request a free callback from a financial advisor to discuss your mortgage options.
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