Cost of living: New Zealanders struggling to get by say Government tax cut not enough

The Government's tax cuts on fuel came as a welcome relief for people struggling to get by.

But prices at the pump are just one expense and many are calling for more action to bring down the cost of living in New Zealand.

The demand for food parcels is skyrocketing at Butterbean Motivation foodbank.

"We're unable to keep up, we're just doing the best that we can and the hard thing is we're having to make judgements on who needs it most," founder Dave Letele says.

With the cost of food increasing Letele says more people are struggling to survive.

"Working-class people, middle-class people that all of a sudden are on struggle street," he says.

And no one knows that struggle better than volunteer and solo mum of eight, Carey Brown.

"We don't really go out at the weekend because of the price of gas, I can't afford gas, I can barely make it here every day," Brown says.

Supermarket shops are also becoming more of a strain on her wallet.

"There's times when I can get things but there's times when I've got to miss that out and I have to get it the next week," Brown says.

She's among many relieved by the Government's 25 cents a litre tax cut on fuel and halving public transport costs.

"Anything's better than nothing," one Kiwi says.

"Hope it stays rather than just a short-term fix," another says.

But there are calls for more action.

"Take the GST off fruit and vegies and work harder on the supermarket prices," one person says.

Party leaders also say the Government should go further.

"When you think about the pressure that's happening with respect to food prices up 13 percent, weekly rents are up over $150," National Party leader Christopher Luxon says.

"I think we should be giving back in substantial cash in tax cuts, a carbon tax refund around about $3000 per family, per year," ACT Party leader David Seymour adds.

"We would go further and say public transport should be free," Green Party leader James Shaw says.

The Finance Minister promises more relief is due when this year's Budget is released in May.

"We are continually working to make sure we support people through this significant spike in inflation," Finance Minister Grant Robertson says.

But for people like Brown that relief is needed now.

"They're doing what they can but we're also doing what we can so I think they should do a little bit more," she says.

"There should never be families having to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table," Letele says.

But that's today's sad reality.