Treasury paper

Our wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper uses the 2021 Living Standards Framework to review evidence about changes in New Zealanders’ wellbeing from the arrival of COVID-19 in early 2020 through to the first quarter of 2022. This paper provides a high-level overview of the empirical evidence across a wide set of wellbeing indicators.


This report uses data created by other government agencies using the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).  

These results are not official statistics. They have been created for research purposes from the IDI, which is carefully managed by Stats NZ. For more information about the IDI please visit: Integrated data | Stats NZ


  • Health Quality & Safety Commission
  • Ipsos
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Transport
  • New Zealand Police
  • OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
  • Perceptive
  • Public Service Commission
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Social Wellbeing Agency
  • Sport NZ
  • Stats NZ