Government assistance

NZ Herald 15 December 2018

Q&As: “Better area” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a better investment; TSB is like Kiwibank on term deposit rules; Should superannuitant put inheritance in KiwiSaver to avoid means test?; Parents in 70s should quit work and get assistance; Advantages of not getting residential care subsidy; 55-year-old might as well retire.

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NZ Herald 8 December 2018

Q&As: Penalty acceptable for breaking term deposit, but not month-long wait; Another theory on “rule of thumb”; More on “government pays” versus “taxpayer pays”; Reader’s parents “milked the system”; Meaningful Christmas gifts.

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NZ Herald 1 December 2018

Q&As: Reader prefers “taxpayer pays” rather than “government pays”; How do trusts affect the residential care subsidy?; Stats on retirement income confuse a reader; Book winners — six of the best.

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NZ Herald 24 November 2018

Q&As: Do we need $1 million for retirement?; Is “rule of thumb” offensive?; Advice that has stood the test of time; Reader says property manager well worth it; Is buying jewelry a way to get subsidy?

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NZ Herald 9 December 2017

Q&As: Is it terrible to rent all your life rather than buy a home?; Young man wanting to buy a home should make the most of KiwiSaver; A real world example of a house price plunging; Clarification on last week’s letter about sole parent support from WINZ; Sorry, but we’re not getting into matchmaking in the column!

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NZ Herald 6 May 2017

Q&As: Index fund comparison inaccurate — and look how shares have grown!; Broke couple could share their house…; …or live on a boat; Beneficiaries entitled too; Paying for your rest home? Lucky you; Services for Seniors booklet tells all.

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NZ Herald 29 April 2017

Q&As: Binary options scam victim wants to warn others; Scammers can fool anyone; Reader’s suggestions for couple in 60s and broke; Hard to stop ‘dole bludgers’; Superannuitant objects to being called a beneficiary.

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NZ Herald 22 April 2017

Q&As: Couple in their 60s could still get back into home ownership — helped by KiwiSaver; Rest home subsidy rule unfair, but not easy to fix; Benefit helped reader turn around his life; NZ Super recipient shouldn’t pick on beneficiaries.

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NZ Herald 8 April 2017

Q&As: Is the family home an investment?; You can get a benefit even if you have savings…; …And having 1 or 2 boarders won’t affect your benefit; 2 letters on study options for last week’s correspondent; One way to save for retirement travel in Europe; Should ‘whingers’ take care of elderly parents themselves?

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