Hello everybody,

I've been doing some research on the government statistics web site regarding the average monthly expenditure (excluding mortgage/rent payments) and have calculated that an average couple with one child spend approximately NZ$2,800/month.

To develop my research further and also make a judgment on the quality of lifestyle I could have in NZ, could I ask that anyone currently living in New Zealand put down the following information.

1) Size of family
2) Location in New Zealand
3) Approximate monthly expenditure (excluding mortgages/rent).
4) Whether they considered they lived frugally, comfortably or lavishly

Apart from myself, (who incidently is obsessed with figures), I think the above information will be quite useful to many prospective migrants.

Thank you in advance for any input you can make.