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Offline Johnson

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Maternity policies
« on: July 15, 2008, 03:27:49 am »
Not sure if this is the correct area to post.

What are NZ maternity policies like? My company is very family-unfriendly so they will go with the legal minimum they have to comply with.

I'd like to know now so I know how much money we have to save before we can start trying for a baby.
Applied for work permit 14/04/2008
EOI submitted 20/04/2008
EOI selected 23/04/2008
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Offline Johnson

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 03:50:13 am »
Just found something that answered my own question.

You're entitled to 14 weeks paid leave (3.5 months) and the pay is up to around $400 per week.

This is a worse maternity policy than in SA. I'm quite shocked really. It looks like we'll be saving up for a very long time before I'd be able to fall pregnant.

With my daughter I ended up back at work 4 days after her birth and I swore that with the next one I'd stay home for 6 months. This would mean that I'd need to save 2.5 months salary (full) and 3.5 months salary (two-thirds) in order for us to carry on paying our bills.
Applied for work permit 14/04/2008
EOI submitted 20/04/2008
EOI selected 23/04/2008
ITA received 05/05/2008
Work permit approved 27/05/2008
Arrived in NZ 31/05/2008
PR received 01/10/2008

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008, 03:50:13 am »

Offline Saturn_Moon

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008, 10:02:08 am »
Sounds quite hectic Johnson.

 :gl: and hopefully you can work something out.




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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008, 01:30:05 pm »
Yes its about the same as in SA, it depends on which company you work for.  The upside (and I know its not a huge consolation but its something) is that you dont have to pay for the scans or birth or anything pregnancy related.

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2008, 03:20:17 pm »
Not sure if this is the correct area to post.

What are NZ maternity policies like? My company is very family-unfriendly so they will go with the legal minimum they have to comply with.

I'd like to know now so I know how much money we have to save before we can start trying for a baby.

If you want pay you are going about it the wrong way,

GET MARRIED !
Never look down upon someone, unless you are helping him up.

tandl

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2008, 03:46:45 pm »
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Offline SaKiwiBoer

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2008, 04:53:51 pm »
Ditto.  :confused::confused: . Please explain Smallfly?? SAKB.
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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2008, 04:53:51 pm »

Offline kol1974

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2008, 07:05:21 pm »
Another pro is that NZ government passed regulation that parents with children under 5 years of age must be accommodated by the work place to be able to work flexi time.  This was just a couple of weeks ago.  Gives you more scope for employment and there are a wide variety of temporary or flexi-time jobs available.  Local free newspapers often write "Child friendly hours" in the vacancy add.  So maybe this is another option.  Working a few hours part-time.

tandl

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2008, 09:16:11 pm »
That sounds excellent.  I would love to hear more about this.

Offline Johnson

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2008, 09:48:31 pm »
Not sure if this is the correct area to post.

What are NZ maternity policies like? My company is very family-unfriendly so they will go with the legal minimum they have to comply with.

I'd like to know now so I know how much money we have to save before we can start trying for a baby.

If you want pay you are going about it the wrong way,

GET MARRIED !

I'm confused.... how would getting married help? ???
Applied for work permit 14/04/2008
EOI submitted 20/04/2008
EOI selected 23/04/2008
ITA received 05/05/2008
Work permit approved 27/05/2008
Arrived in NZ 31/05/2008
PR received 01/10/2008

Offline Didi77

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2008, 10:20:40 pm »
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that NZ government passed regulation that parents with children under 5 years of age must be accommodated by the work place to be able to work flexi time

I read about this in the paper and it is great - if the employer does not have a valid reason (e.g. nurse shifts or work that is life saving) to make you work specific hours they must give you flexihours to spend time with your kids.  :heeha:

Also, have you guys had a look at the benifits of having a baby:
1. Once off payment from govt approx $ 1500 when you give birth
2. Free childcare up to 50 hours p/week if you do decide to work partime
3. An allowance of between $180-$300 p/week if you decide not to work and stay with baby at home
4. Discounts and free taxi rides, healthcare, bus etc..... because you are a mum at home.

Then the local communities have programms and freebies spesific to the area (e.g. at my school there is free nappies and baby goods exchanged one day p/week) - and NO it is NOT just for charity cases, everyone goes and mingles and shares in the spoils!  :clap:

I LOVE NZ!!  :smitten:



Offline Didi77

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2008, 10:23:45 pm »
I forgot to say - in NZ everything is about the Whanau (that is family)

This is the country to be if you feel Whanau is important.



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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2008, 10:23:45 pm »

Offline kol1974

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2008, 11:21:18 pm »
I agree Didi,  NZ seems to put children first.  The whole community is geared to make things child-friendly.  There is a big ratio of stay-at-home moms in New Zealand it seems.  I think South Africa have forced women into the working place and have those moms that want to stay at home make an economic decision to go work instead rather than a personal option.  This is sad, because the choice was taken away from the the women in SA.  Here in NZ, it still is an option to stay at home with your children if you REALLY want to.  You will not STARVE.  Maybe not go on all the expensive holidays.

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2008, 11:23:15 pm »
and might I add if you are single (like me :whistle:) you will be ripped off by the tax man and your hard earned cash handed out to people with families......... >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D

working for families and child grants are big here.....have kids and you are "sweet as".....no kids and single and you are nailed while others get the tax credits and cuts.

Thats what you get when you have a socialist government in power. Hopefully National win the election in October and make it fairer on singles (but I doubt it....they need the family votes).

just my 2 cents worth....... ;) ;) ;)

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Re: Maternity policies
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2008, 11:40:31 pm »
am I allowed to carry on with my whinge?  :whistle:

the pity is that the rich and hardworking are nailed and the low lifes of South Auckland are allowed to sit on the DPB (the dole) and get child grants for having 10 kids (I am NOT joking)......these kids live in state houses, run riot in the streets, join gangs, tag the walls all over and generally become unproductive and lazy members of society because all they have ever known in their sorry lives is HAND OUTS....... I hate socialism!! NZ has a real problem with this.

I still love it here....just dont agree with the nanny state, welfare and handout culture that exists. (most kiwis are hardworking but a significant minority sap the state dry).