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Why is nz food so expensive

How come we have to pay so much for the NZ made produce when Aust doesn't have GST on their home grown products. We should have a lower GST/ No GST on our goods. Making it easier for families to have good health food for there meals and supporting the local producers as well.

Last reply: 25th May 2012 / 9 replies / Post by Kath

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Missy

Posted by: Missy
Posted: 11th Feb 2011

Missy says: Hi, I understand how you feel, however I'm visting my son and his family in Queensland and I've seen how much the veges are eg: lettuce $3.98 in NZ $2.60 with gst.. I cringe at the prices of veges and fruit. I don't buy veges as I grow my own and as for the fruit i have citrus trees grape vine and passionfruit. these help with the cost cuts in my shopping. It also gives me something else to moan about like the price of petrol.....lol Reply

scooter

Posted by: scooter
Posted: 18th Feb 2011

scooter says: Yes I totally agree with you. NZ has so much good produce - fruit/vegetables/dairy etc and it would probably eliminate the obesity rate as well - that would lead to less strain on our health system and probably our justice system! Reply

Gazza

Posted by: Gazza
Posted: 25th May 2012

scooter says: Yes I totally agree with you. NZ has so much good produce - fruit/vegetables/dairy etc and it would probably eliminate the obesity rate as well - that would lead to less strain on our health system...

Gazza says: I think our food in NZ is produced for the export market take the price of lamb, to compete with US market NZ lamb is cheaper than what we pay here and cheaper than US produced lamb which infuriates US sheep farmers.
Same with beef. Well! when the s**t hits the fan and the European economy collapses and NZ meat producers have no market it might get cheaper then.
Watch out for the next big depression and grow your own vegeies. Reply

Gazza

Posted by: Gazza
Posted: 25th May 2012

scooter says: Yes I totally agree with you. NZ has so much good produce - fruit/vegetables/dairy etc and it would probably eliminate the obesity rate as well - that would lead to less strain on our health system...

Gazza says: I think our food in NZ is produced for the export market take the price of lamb, to compete with US market NZ lamb is cheaper than what we pay here and cheaper than US produced lamb which infuriates US sheep farmers.
Same with beef. Well! when the s**t hits the fan and the European economy collapses and NZ meat producers have no market it might get cheaper then.
Watch out for the next big depression and grow your own vegies. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 19th Feb 2011

says: Aust does not have GST on anything in it's raw state, not to mention woman supplies for her period etc.... as these are all not considered luxuries.

Since we have relocated to NZ I have queried our local supermarket why is it I can buy USA kiwifruit but not NZ kiwifruit. There response was that NZ is unable to supply enough to satisfy the NZ demand. I was floored....REALLY????

I am amazed at the local prices of food, cafe and of course eating out.

We now pay about $80- $100 a week more for groceries since moving here and I can not work out why. In Australia you buy NZ cheese and butter cheaper than you can here not to mention countless other items.

Something is not right, perhaps it is just because it is easier to have a monopoly on the market here and hence prices get driven up. Reply

Chicken

Posted by: Chicken
Posted: 16th Jun 2011

Chicken says: I am unable to work now for reasons I wont go into but used to work in the meat industry until being made redundant. One thing I found while there, and the same applies to dairy prices is tthe NZ domestic prices are lincked to the international market! So when the market is good we have to pay more too.
The farmers get paid more and fair enough, they produced the product, but why can't we use some of that extra income comming into the country to subsidise the domestict meat and dairy produd? $10.00 for a kilo of chese on special at that is rediculous. Even the people working in the industry, dairy factory workers, tanker drivers etc don't get any extra, it all goes to the farmers. Oh and GST! Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 16th Jun 2011

says: I agree someone is making a lot of money out of the food prices but it is not the farmers. It is the middle man and Foodstuffs.

I would love for a farmer or a relative of a farmer to put their say out here on this forum as they would be able to quote exact figures. Reply

Captain  Slog

Posted by: Captain Slog
Posted: 22nd Feb 2012

Captain Slog says: Hi Kath,
I just found your comment and I agree with you whole heartedly. The cost of Food in NZ, especially MILK, is just criminal> THis country is just plain GREEDY! My bank account is almost bled dry by the cost of living. After tomorrow, I'll have just $50. left, and making things worse, I'm unemployed. There's NO work in our area and I'm stuffed! I should've stayed in Brisbane. And I'M a kiwi!
Kia Kaha, Kath! Stay Strong! Reply

pony

Posted by: pony
Posted: 8th Mar 2012

pony says: I live in SA, It is the most expensive place, for everything, and we have got GST on everything including, home grown products. Us pensioners find it hard to get by. Reply

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