Taranaki father on why living rurally doesn’t save him money

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When this Taranaki father of two moved from central New Plymouth to a rural part of the city his family’s accommodation supplement was cut by $100 a week.  

“WINZ and a lot of people have the idea that living rurally is cheaper. But our rent is exactly the same dollar for dollar. 

“Realistically it costs us just as much to live here as it does in town, we have a little bit more travel. So it probably costs us more.”

This video is part of our series Show Us Your Money, where a range of New Zealanders get candid about their money. We’re stripping away the secrecy around our bank accounts, and showing the reality of life in Aotearoa at different income levels. If you want to be part of the series, contact us at contributors@renews.co.nz with 'Show Us Your Money' in the subject line. 

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