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Old Apr 25th 2010, 3:50 pm
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Hi, just wandered if anyone could shed some light on the average utilty bills / council rates. I know these will vary quite a bit depending on area/house and family size, but just a rough guide would help.

We're a couple without any children, we'd be looking at renting to start (I believe rent in NZ includes rates???) buying once settled. As for areas were pretty open, from Northland, Auckland, Bay of Blenty right down the east coast, and of the South Island, Christchurch, Dunedin.

Water rates/meter
Council rates
Gas
Electric
Phone/internet
Other

Any help info is really appriciated

Cheeeeeeeeeers

Paul and Dani
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Hi, we are a family of 3 and renting in Christchurch, here is roughly what we spend per month -


Rent - 1360 (3 bedroom, nice house, nice area)
Electric(including heating) - 180
Phone/internet - 80
Shopping - 800
Petrol - 250

TOTAL - 2670 per month

Not much other costs than this.

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Originally Posted by grantanddebs View Post
Hi, we are a family of 3 and renting in Christchurch, here is roughly what we spend per month -


Rent - 1360 (3 bedroom, nice house, nice area)
Electric(including heating) - 180
Phone/internet - 80
Shopping - 800
Petrol - 250

TOTAL - 2670 per month

Not much other costs than this.
Brilliant Thanks for that, hoping to see the averages but thats similar to our workings out.
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Originally Posted by grantanddebs View Post
Hi, we are a family of 3 and renting in Christchurch, here is roughly what we spend per month -


Rent - 1360 (3 bedroom, nice house, nice area)
Electric(including heating) - 180
Phone/internet - 80
Shopping - 800
Petrol - 250

TOTAL - 2670 per month

Not much other costs than this.
Hiya, family of 4 in Auckland - very similar outlay to GrantAndDebs
Rent $2100 (4 bedroom, nice house, nice area)
Electric(including heating) - $200
Phone/internet - $80
Shopping - $1000
Motoring (2 cars) - $350
Water $180 per 3 months ($60 p/m)

Mrs and kids - whatevers left
Dad - $0

FYI - a round in the pub (1 beer/1wine 2xcoke) $21
PS My rent includes rates, I believe that is the case with renting

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Default Re: Averages on utility bills / council rates?

christchurch

In a good area new subdivision/estate
Rates are $2700 per annum inc. water
electricity $300 per month
Gas in winter $200 - 250 per month
phone inc BB $120.00 per month
Mobiles pay as you go $40-60 per month
Food in wine beer $850-900 per month
Insurance $100 per month
fuel for cars $250 per month

Plus on top is our mortgage

bye bye my wage lol
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Default Re: Averages on utility bills / council rates?

Originally Posted by nicorsts1 View Post
Hi, just wandered if anyone could shed some light on the average utilty bills / council rates. I know these will vary quite a bit depending on area/house and family size, but just a rough guide would help.

We're a couple without any children, we'd be looking at renting to start (I believe rent in NZ includes rates???) buying once settled. As for areas were pretty open, from Northland, Auckland, Bay of Blenty right down the east coast, and of the South Island, Christchurch, Dunedin.

Water rates/meter
Council rates
Gas
Electric
Phone/internet
Other

Any help info is really appriciated

Cheeeeeeeeeers

Paul and Dani
Bay of Plenty, Tauranga region, average rent for an average 3 bedroom place $350-$380 per week, Landlord pays rates.

Couldn't help you with utilities as have 4 kids ...
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We're in a great area (don't tell anyone!)

Rent $410 per week (3 bed with sea views to 3 sides)
Electric $100 month
Phone / B.Band $120 month
Rates and water in rent (tap water from a tank in garden)
Food $800 month
Fuel $400 month (I use a van for work, many km's)
Diesel Mileage $430 per 10,000km
Rego (like car tax) $not sure - it's due in 2 months
School $600 for uniform $250 school stationary $500 for fees
Bins $2 a week
Car Insurance $460 per year (not compulsory)
Contents Ins. $450 per year
life and medical insurance still to get.......Think that's it...
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We're a couple, no kids living in Christchurch. 3 bedroom 5year old house, fairly good area on the edge of town.
Approximate costs:

Electric $100 pcm
Gas -in 45kg cylinders, living room fire and oven hob only. Cost $100 per year rental plus $100 per bottle. Still on our first bottle and moved in about 3m ago
Rates -about $1800 per year
Phone and internet - $80 per month
Sky -$55 per month
Food/household shopping/toiletries - approx $100 per week
Car insurance approx $400/year for my car
Petrol approx $150 per month - again my car, don't know his costs, we pay for our own cars
Car reg- about $380 per year, could be wrong as I can't remember and not up for renewal yet
Household insurance approx $400 per year

Can't think of any other regular outgoings
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