Benefit rates changes

23 February 2015.

From 1 April 2015, some payment rates increase based on the updated Consumer Price Index of 0.51%.

New Zealand Superannuitants will receive a 2.07% 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.