IRD have totally screwed this up – New Formula Case 23

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This is case study number 23

This is Ben’s Story:

Ben – Please tell us about what’s going on with you, and your family?

I have 3 kids, 2 that I have 1 night and two days every week.

The third decided she didn’t want to come and stay and I didn’t want to have to fight her and her mum over it.

How much did you pay on the old formula?

$530 per month

On the NEW formula what will that amount be per month?

$990 per month

Are you happy with the new formula?


What are your main reasons for being not happy with it?

I’m in a blended family now. My wonderful partner and I are making a new life for ourselves and hers and my kids.

We have a mortgage, something I never dreamed possible and now my blended family, my house and my new life are all at risk because of IRD.

I don’t know how I’m supposed to afford my share of the mortgage or the bills.

My kids will now miss out at things like Easter and Christmas because I won’t be able to afford the extras.

There won’t be extras anymore. I’ve cancelled gym membership, my life insurance and paying the bare minimum on other bills now.

I have nothing left to cut back and I will still be a couple of hundred short per fortnight 🙁


If child support was a set amount per child split between both parents for the basic necessities, what do you think is a fair amount per month per child?


What else would you like to say?

IRD have totally screwed this up! My kids mum makes $51,000 a year.

Why am I paying $12,000 a year?

And why am I paying for bums sitting on the dole who pay $10 a fortnight? That in itself isn’t fair!

Why am I being punished?! None of this is fair!

Sort it out IRD, you are breaching the United Nations Charter on this and New Zealand’s Human Rights Policy.

Ben- thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

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  1. this whole system is a govt fu.. K up taling from workers who are trying to make new lives and pouri g it all into gready wh… es who dont need it. I have 2 kids and have never got more than $74.00 a month total. I support a max of $50.00 a week being taken given the receiver $400 a month and no more as why should the paying parent who works be punished when it took 2 to have sex and make the kids. Workers claiming are sitti g back racking it in this is yet another example of goverment stupidity in this country. Your punished for bettering your self and punished for having a relationship. This needs to end more people need to stand up and shout out before your homeless.

    1. This person is right,we need to look after us new zealanders again..goverment vs i.r.d need to fight, them selfs, then us.we native/ new zealander who love our familys and will protect.goverment an i.r.d dnt need them, they need us more to give stress in return.

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