Cost of living in New Zealand

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  1. fernandovalente macrumors 6502

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    Hey,

    There's a chance I will move to New Zealand soon. I'm an iOS developer and there's a company interested on hiring me. The problem is that I don't know the living costs and the average salary for my field. Does anyone knows how much it costs to live in Auckland? And how much is the average salary for an iOS developer?

    Thanks!
     
  2. renewed macrumors 68040

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    I would suggest asking the company what/how you are going to be paid before moving. No one can answer what one iOS developer can make over the other.

    As far as cost of living goes:

    Living in New Zealand - Auckland.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I live near Wellington in New Zealand, and the cost of living is quite expensive throughout the whole country. Pretty much everything here, from milk to computers is more expensive that other western countries =/

    As for you being an iOS dev, I don't think it matters, as you'd get paid by Apple, wouldn't you?
     
  4. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's a full-time job for a company that develops iOS apps. Would I be able to support myself, buy a new computer, a new phone and travel once/twice a year with 60k/year?
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Is it just you, or do you have a wife/girlfriend or someone to support as well?

    My family of four pulls in anywhere from 80-120k a year. We live pretty comfortably, but most people here get by on about 60k (thats the av income in NZ). If its just yourself you should have enough to uphold a decent lifestyle. :)
     
  6. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's just myself. So I think I will be fine :)
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Where abouts do you live in Brazil? Whats the climate like?
     
  8. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It depends on where you are. In most places, it's hot as hell. In the south for example, it's very cold. In Rio, it's not unusual to get 33º Celsius in the winter. I Live in São Paulo, and here it's usually hot at day and cold at night. In the winter, it's cold, but we don't usually get less than 5º Celsius as the minimum temperature.
     
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    In most of New Zealand its pretty cold - 30C max in the summer. In Auckland its a bit different, the air is very humid and muggy, so it tends to stay the same temp 24/7 (it doesn't cool down at night). When I went to Auckland it was too hot for me, as I'm used to freezing cold Wellington :D Should be fine for you though!
     
  10. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this information. I've heard there's beach and snow in NZ. But to someone who'd love to move to Canada, it's not that bad. hahahha
     
  11. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Poor New Zealand!! :(

    Not only is it expensive to live there, but everybody thinks you're Australia!!!:eek: :rolleyes:

    Kiwi's Unite!!!
     
  12. Fresh Tendrils macrumors regular

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    I think in some areas NZ is more expensive, but I also think it's a bit overstated. For instance, flights can be quite expensive if you don't book well in advance. A flight from Auckland [top of Nth Is] to Dunedin [Bottom of Sth Is] can cost anywhere from NZ$100 to NZ$500 one way depending on when you book [that's about US $75 - $380]. So if you book a holiday a month or two out you'll be fine, but if you leave it till 2 days before you'll be screwed.

    A lot of people complain about the price of groceries, but if you shop smart you can save a lot. Every 2 or 3 weeks I shop online at Countdown and I buy the items that are on sale in bulk. So if brands of beer, beans, cheese etc I like are on sale, I buy double the amount I need. Then next time when I do a shop these products will be back at full price, but I won't need to get them because I have extra, so I get double of some other product I like that is on sale. If you do this you can make big savings. I typically get about NZ$400 of groceries for about $300 in this way. There's a delivery charge, but if you get over $250 its only NZ$8 which is worth not having to do the shopping yourself and you still make about $90 savings.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10667773

    Other stuff like books etc can be expensive. A lot of people now buy overseas from Amazon and have it shipped here. It's cheaper and I've even heard that it can be quicker than ordering from local stores [if they don't currently have the title in store]. Also the Warehouse [its kinda like Walmart] has great sales. I often get 3DVD movie multipacks for about NZ$6 - $15.

    It's debatable whether Auckland housing is expensive or not. Some people say it is, but if you compare it to say New York, London, or Paris, its good. I think a lot of it is relative to salary.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-tops-most...house/tabid/421/articleID/195504/Default.aspx

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10745628

    If your in IT the biggest grip you'll have is broadband prices and data limits. Telecom NZ is the main provider. Have a look at their website. Having said this there is a new pacific cable being laid in the next few years so that should bring more competition and better deals.

    Overall NZ's a pretty cool place to live. It's a pretty laid back country. If your going to live here, Auckland is definitely the best place to live. Nice warm sunny summers [though it can get quite wet in winter]. Each year its ranked amongst the most livable cities in the world

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10748419

    A good way to get a feel for the country is to have a look at the main NZ news sites below.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/
    http://www.3news.co.nz/
    http://nz.yahoo.com
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/
     
  13. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! Very helpful post :)
     
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  15. fernandovalente thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the answers. I did the interview yesterday. They said they needed to create an animation software and I told them I wouldn't be able to create it as I don't know OpenGL. I will keep looking for jobs in NZ as it seems to be a great place to live!
     

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