Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children

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Science Communicator

Aotearoa New Zealand’s lockdown was enforced to stop the transmission of COVID-19 and keep the population from getting sick. The public message was that there would be economic costs borne by the government, businesses, individuals, and families, but that these would be worth it in the long run if the country could get back to ‘normal’ more quickly.

I am helping write a series of research briefs exploring how families fared during and after the first nationwide lockdown in March – April 2020. It uses survey data collected from a cohort of New Zealanders at three times: during lockdown in April 2020, when the first lockdown was over in July 2020, and one year on in March 2021.