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Time, family, work – and bored zombies. New Zealanders open up about life in coronavirus lockdown

Resilience, humour, hardship and tragedy – a unique survey reveals how ordinary New Zealanders coped during one of the world's strictest COVID-19 lockdowns.
Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Before they walk down the aisle, many couples want to own a house, have a bank account and have a job that offers health insurance. MNStudio/shutterstock.com

Low-income parents want a white picket fence, not just money, before getting married

A new study suggests that Americans face an 'economic bar' to marriage. Before they walk down the aisle, many couples want to have a house, a bank account and a job that offers health insurance.
Finance capital is calling the shots and one of the many consequences of this is increasingly insecure employment. jijomathaidesigners

Finance drives everything — including your insecurity at work

Less secure jobs are just one aspect of the rise of finance capital. It's a driver of increasingly uneven income distributions and corporate priorities that are now putting our future at risk.
Highly inflated house prices are more concerning to people wishing to move from renting to purchasing a house (mostly potential first home buyers). Dan Peled/AAP

Housing costs are actually the same as in 1993, but renters still struggle

Even though house prices have risen substantially over recent decades, housing affordability for those with mortgages or own their houses outright hasn't worsened

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