A Surprise Pension from New Zealand!
March 28, 2018 11:28pm CST
. Hello Mylot Friends .. Thank you for participating in my previous discussion about retirement and old age pension.. I learned so much from that discussion... A few months after my husband retired, he received a letter from the New Zealand government saying he's eligible to apply for a pension and with it was an application form .. He was very surprised... So he is receiving a little bit over $200 Au per month from New Zealand because he worked there for about two years in the early 70s where he and his young family lived as well.. His ex-wife, even though didn't work there also receives small sum a month from New Zealand now that she is also retired here... So, the Centrelink, deducted that amount from the amount, my husband was supposed to get from Australian government .. Well, isn't that weird that New Zealand is giving more pension now to my husband for working there a couple of years than what he gets here in Australia where he worked a total of 30 something years .. lol .. How do they work that out?... We are wondering that perhaps, New Zealand Nationals also get the same privileges from the Australian Government when they retire back home after working here for a few years.?.. Maybe there was an agreement between the two countries?..If that is the case, New Zealand Nationals who worked here but retired over there, will be so much better off than the pensioners here, because they won't have to undergo means testing .. Anyway, we are grateful to receive that $200 a month that we are saving for a trip to New Zealand in the near future ... Is anyone here in Mylot from New Zealand?.. Please, I would love to know how the social welfare system over there works ...Thank you! Bess.. ..
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• Manila, Philippines
Hello there. I hope I can help but I am not knowledgeable with New Zealand’s social welfare system. What caught my attention is the title. My parents are pensioners here too and they are living the life they want and their pensions help in renovating our house. The $200 AUD is still something and it is a blessing.
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@epiffanie Bess, Did you get an e-mail or paper in the mail about how much will get for the pension? I grew up in Minneapolis the midwestern part of the United States. I worked there and get Social Security there and also Social Security here in Israel because I have worked here and still work.
That is kind of weird but maybe New Zealand is a richer country and can be more generous? Or, do you think that Australia made a mistake in their calculations? Or, is it because Australia has a different way of calculating their pensions and only gives it to those that don't have any others means of caring for their needs?
@JudyEv wow! .. that's a bit of a pain isn't it? .. My husband gets very frustrated when he has to wait in line at centrelink and he told me that some people get very abusive at the staff for waiting so long that at one time, they had to call the police .. they had combined Medicare and Centrelink , so less staff ...