A new report shows the number of people struggling financially has doubled over the past two years.
The two-yearly Quality of Life survey draws on information from 5000 people in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Porirua and the Hutt Valley.
It shows 22% are struggling financially, which is almost double the number from 2010.
The Child Poverty Action group said that is a huge increase in a very short time.
Christchurch City Missioner Michael Gorman said the findings are not surprising and reflect the current economic climate.
He said housing is the most concerning area, with rent going up astronomically.
Overall, 77% of those surveyed said their quality of life is good, compared with 95% in 2010.