Defining energy hardship

MBIE is working to develop an agreed definition of energy hardship, and associated indicators to measure and track energy hardship over time.

The government is committed to supporting New Zealanders to improve their health and wellbeing. For some New Zealanders, accessing enough energy in their homes while also staying on top of their bills is a challenge. There is a wide range of factors that can prevent energy wellbeing and contribute to households living in energy hardship.

Despite this, there is currently no nationally accepted definition or method of measuring energy hardship in New Zealand.

MBIE is developing a draft definition and measures of energy hardship and will soon seek feedback on these proposals. Information on how to have your say will be made available on this webpage in the coming weeks. Please email if you would like to be notified when the consultation opens.

This work is based on one of the Electricity Price Review’s recommendations to government to help efforts aimed at alleviating energy hardship. For information on other related initiatives that were developed in response to the Review’s recommendations, please visit the energy hardship page. 

Energy hardship

Last updated: 18 June 2021