This indicator shows New Zealand's median real equivalised household disposable income before housing costs.

Income

This indicator shows New Zealand’s median real equivalised household disposable income before housing costs. Disposable income is what is left of a household’s total income, after tax, that is available for spending or saving. 

Disposable income is considered a better income measure than gross (before tax) income to represent the economic resources available to meet the needs of households.

In 2019, the median disposable household income was

$38,998

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Household income estimates can now be produced for 12 regional council areas. Series (low) and series (high) refer to the lower and upper confidence limits at the 95% level.

The term ‘equivalised’ means household incomes have been adjusted to account for different household sizes. For example, large households are likely to need larger incomes to reach the same standard of living as smaller households.

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