- September 9, 2008 at 10:37 am #32808
Cookybaby, Are you celebrating that idea or bemoaning it?
Certainly if you are on 50+ or some such thing you will appreciate when you get on the super. You will also have the benefit of the Gold Card, mind you if you join Grey Power now you will have discounts that your asscn. has arranged with a number of places in your area. JaylaSeptember 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm #32809
misty60MemberMember since: February 13, 2007
anybody into travelling around in caravans and motorhomes in there retiring yrs…I hear its pretty good…hubby and I were thinking of selling our house and buying a medium sized campervan..and do some travelling around the north and south Island.Our kids are grown up and we have no grandchildren..so theres no reason to hang around to long…this will probably happen next yr…Hubby is retired …welcome comment most apprciated..cheers 4919September 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm #32810
4919. My husband and I travelled around in a motorvan for a number of years, no home address. We joined the NZMCA (NZMotor Caravan association) and they passed on mail when we sent notice of where we were. They are great as they give you all sorts of information re travel and you are never alone on the roads as anyone with the insignia stuck on the front and rear of their van will wave and in many cases stop and have a talk to pass the time of day. I will say we had never been so relaxed as we were in our van for 4 years. If it rained that way, we went the other way, no itinerary as such mapped out, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.September 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm #32811
misty60MemberMember since: February 13, 2007
jayla…thanks for that it really sounds lovely…I will certainly keep that caravan association members info…it sounds like you enjoy those 2 yrs on the road..camping and being free as the breeze hopefully the housing situation gets better by next yr..:)September 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm #32812
jayla, I am on a widows benefit and can’t wait till I get NZ Super. There is no way i can get a job and am struggling week to week. I will be happy to get the Super as it will be an increase on what I get now.September 9, 2008 at 10:27 pm #32813
jensMemberMember since: May 3, 2006
Cookybaby, I am concerned about your plight, but I do not consider it my business to pry into how it came to happen to you.
But if you would like to prevent it happening to others, the best you can do is to vote for an all-inclusive higher savings for investment culture in New Zealand.
Allocation of the NZ Super Fund to Personal Accounts will assure us all, that anything like the “Political Accord” on reduced NZ Super with “Surcharges” for retirees with some additional income, will never happen again.September 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm #32814
Cookybaby, I have a friend who was on the widows benefit and I couldn’t believe what she had to live on. Not all of us can manage to work, or get a job if we could.
JENS, the simple fact is it happened because she lost her husband and couldn’t work for whatever reason.
All I will say is keep MMP going and include one of the smaller parties in your voting list. Winston was certainly best for the elder persons and the very young but a couple of the others are partly coming in with his line of thinking. I must be selfish, yes if what I would like works in with helping people in the future I will vote to help, but unfortunately it is right now that my pocket is empty.
Cookybaby. If you live on your own you will get $285 per week, but there is an increase coming up on the 1st Oct.September 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm #32815
the widows benefit is $190 not $285. I am only just turned 61 so have four more years to go yet. And my son lives at home so even if I were on the Super I wouldn’t qualify for a living alone allowance. I get a small amount of Govt Super which is a part of my late husbands Telecom pension paid monthly. I do own my own home, so I am certainly not as bad off as some in this country. It just seems that managing on a small amount after bills are paid is tricky to say the least.
Jens, thank you for your concern, I do manage as I said, but I am a good budgetter so that helps. I am sure there are a lot who cannot cope with what they get and I would like to see some more assistance across the board for all beneficiaries and Supers.September 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm #32816
Cookybaby: What I was saying is what you will get on Super.not what you have now. As a single sharing (with your son paying his own share) you will receive $263 plus the increase on 1st Oct. Unfortunately it won’t be for a while yet for you.September 10, 2008 at 10:45 pm #32817
Hi jayla, yes I thought that is what you meant, I guess the Super will rise a bit more in four years too. so it will be worth getting. All Benefits should change too with the reduction from 15% to 12.5% tax rate after Oct 1.
Whoop de do! 😛
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