Not clearing an arrest warrant will mean benefit payments are affected or stopped.
How benefit payments are affected
If a beneficiary or their partner has an uncleared warrant for criminal matters, they’ll be told that unless it’s cleared, or they have taken reasonable steps to try and clear the warrant, their benefit will stop (if they have no dependent children) or reduce by up to half (if they have dependent children).
A beneficiary with an arrest warrant for criminal matters that hasn’t been cleared 28 days after its issue will get a letter giving 10 working days to clear it.
If the New Zealand Police considers a beneficiary with an arrest warrant is a risk to public safety, their benefit can be stopped or affected immediately, without telling them first.
If the warrant is not cleared within 10 working days their benefit payment will be affected.