Hopefully readers have begun growing their own with advice in our regular Monday column from Wally Richards

In June 2023, the annual increase was due to rises across all the broad food categories Stats NZ measures. The following list shows each food group’s price rise for the year ended June 2023, in order of their contribution to the overall movement:

  • grocery food prices increased 12.8 percent
  • fruit and vegetables prices increased 22.0 percent
  • restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices increased 9.2 percent
  • meat, poultry, and fish prices increased 11.0 percent
  • non-alcoholic beverage prices increased 9.7 percent.

“Increasing prices for fresh eggs, six-pack yoghurt, and cheddar cheese were the largest drivers within grocery food,” consumer prices manager James Mitchell said. The second largest contributor to the annual movement was fruit and vegetables. The increase in this group was driven by tomatoes, kūmara, and potatoes.

Also in today’s news on the RNZ website, link:

New Zealand has just pledged a further $4.7 million of “targeted support for Ukraine’s recovery and resilience.”

“We’re absolutely behind you,” Hipkins assured Zelensky.

What about giving that money to foodbanks in NZ instead, Hippy? Why are we wasting yet more money on Joe’s futile and destructive warmongering? Why are you not telling Volod to conclude a peace treaty with Vlad without the interference of Joe and his cronies? In fact, why are you at Joe’s War Pigs conference at all?