Funeral Grant

A Funeral Grant can help with some of the funeral costs of someone close to you who has died.

Who can get it

You may get a Funeral Grant if you are either:

  • the partner, spouse, child, parent or guardian of the deceased person
  • arranging the funeral of someone with no partner, spouse or child.

The deceased person should normally have lived in New Zealand.

There are some situations where you can’t get this grant if you have already received certain payments (we can tell you what these payments are).

We can help you with necessary costs such as:

  • professional services for preparing the body for cremation or burial (for example, embalming)
  • the cost of a casket
  • newspaper notice costs
  • hearse fees
  • compulsory fees for buying a burial plot
  • cremation fees.

There are some costs we can’t help you with. If you want to check if a cost can be included, contact us.

This information is a guide only. Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.

How much you can get

This depends on what money or assets the deceased person had.

If you are their partner, spouse, parent or guardian it also depends on:

  • how much you earn
  • any money or assets you have.

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How to apply

You'll need to complete an application and provide us with:

  • proof of death, such as a death certificate or a newspaper notice
  • a funeral account
  • proof of assets as at the date of death, eg bank statements for all accounts
  • proof of income – if you are the partner or parent of the person who has died
  • identification for yourself.

Contact us to talk about your circumstances. We’ll explain more about how to apply and arrange a meeting with you.