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Offline ScillaGP

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Liveable wage
« on: April 17, 2008, 11:25:50 am »
Hi Everyone

I have been monitoring this site for months, it trully is the very best source of information. I would like to know what is a decent annual salary before tax that a family of 3 can survive on.

I have an offer of employment as a General manager and not sure if I can survive on it.

Leaving on the 15th of Dec and really cannot wait

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Scilla



Offline Meike

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008, 11:50:48 am »
Hi there Scilla... WELCOME and Congrats on the job offer.

There are many threads on the site regarding Salary and it really does depend on many many factors (like standard of living etc)....

Try these
http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=2130.0
http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=1850.0
http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=523.0
http://www.sagoingtonz.co.nz/forum/index.php?topic=1565.0

Or just do a forum search for "salary"... you will see there are many many discussions.

Again, WELCOME and  :gl:
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Re: Liveable wage
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Offline ScillaGP

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008, 11:57:30 am »
Thank You Meike I will check them out. It is very comforting to know there are so many friendly welcoming people out there.



Offline Acid0

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008, 01:44:09 pm »
Welcome and congrats on the offer

Offline ScillaGP

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2008, 02:22:55 pm »
Thanks

Its a great releive



Offline Mumtaz (CapetonianInWellington)

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2008, 02:55:45 pm »
Welcome and CONGRATS on the Job Offer :clap:



Offline El

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2008, 04:38:16 pm »
Welcome to the site and congratulations on the job offer!   :clap:



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Offline Johan01

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2008, 09:16:34 pm »
I think if you earn less than $33000 a year and you have a family than you are going to struggle. Once you have PR and you here for over a year a number of other option kick into place.

Firstly you would be able to qualify for "working for Families" tax credits, secondly depending on your income you could qualify for housing assistance. If a child is born to you in NZ you also receive Parental Tax credits.

Tax credits is a sum that's paid to you weekly, fortnightly, once off or you can use it as a tax credit at yearend when filing your Tax return. For children going to study there is assistance in regards to Studies.


Offline ScillaGP

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2008, 08:03:25 am »
Thanks Johan

That gives me assurance. I will be fine. I have a 20 year old daugther who is 2nd year at WITS, she will go to Auckland University and my son is 13. So  what I have been offered will more than take care of us. Can you give me more info on the study assistance for university.
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Scilla



Offline Doreen

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2008, 06:16:30 pm »
Hi Scilla and welcome!!
My children are more or less your children's age. Dohan is 17 and is going to Rangitoto College. Joreen is 13 and homeschool at the moment. We are going to finish Gr 8 this year at home and then looking for her for a school for next year. Think of a Christian Private school. Will look at it when we are there. Jafa that is also on this forum helped us a lot with more details of schools for Dohan. PM him and hear if he could help!!

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2008, 11:16:16 pm »
Hi Doreen,
We live in Albany, and also wanted to put our daughter in Rangitoto. The Rangi school zone is VERY small! You'll have to make very sure that you'll be in the right zone before renting, as they don't accept out of zone placements.



Offline jafa77

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2008, 12:54:18 am »
good advice. Dont just assume a school will feel sorry for you and let you in. They may not. I know people who have sent their kids for out of zone interviews and not got in.

However some schools, like mine, take over 50% of its students from out of zone, but this is still a very selective process....

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Offline Doreen

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Re: Liveable wage
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2008, 06:58:16 am »
Thanks Mags, we hope to buy (if there is any money left) Is it a expensive area?

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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2008, 07:46:00 am »
Hi Doreen,
I must admit that I don't even look at the selling price of houses around here. Houses all around are quite expensive. The estate agent that we dealt with when we rented this house, mentioned that people in NZ are buying at the moment. I know we won't be able to afford to buy a house soon!  :'(



Offline WendyH

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2008, 09:36:42 am »
I've been told that Rangitoto College is very popular so the houses in that zone tend to be more expensive. It's close to the coast which pushes prices up too.
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