Benefit rates changes

18 March 2014.

From 1 April 2014, some payment rates increase based on the updated Consumer Price Index of 1.38%.

NZ Superannuitants will receive a 2.66% increase so that the married rate continues to equal 66% of the average net wage. The Annual General Adjustments include:

  • rates and thresholds for main benefits, Student Allowances, Student Loan Living Costs and the Foster Care Allowance
  • rates and thresholds for some supplementary assistance
  • thresholds for the Community Services Card
  • New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension.