This article was published on 2 December 2021. Some information may be out of date.

Money and couples — Part 1: Economic Harm

  • What it is and why it’s called that
  • Who is affected (maybe half of NZ women)
  • Examples
  • What’s happening to reduce economic harm
  • Where to get help: Good Shepherd NZ website

Next time: Part 2: NZ survey on how money issues can harm relationships. And how to do it well!

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