Help for you and your whānau during COVID-19

Find out about the support you can apply for, in English and other languages. See where to find help near you and get advice about managing your money.


Help while you're self-isolating

If you and your whānau need extra support while you're self-isolating because of COVID-19, we may be able to help. Use our online forms to let us know how we can help you.

Ways we can help you

If you’ve lost your job or can’t work at the moment you may be able to get a benefit, some other financial help or support to find work. You may be able to get help even if you’re working and on a low income.

You may be able to get help with the costs of:

  • food
  • accommodation
  • power, gas, heating or water
  • medical and dental care.

Get help with urgent or unexpected costs

Benefits and payments for you, your family and whānau

Contact us

You can contact us at all traffic light settings and you get your regular payments as usual. At our service centres, we’re looking after the health and safety of our clients and each other.

Phone us

Service centres during COVID-19

Essential costs information in other languages

Find information in other languages about everyday activities at home and in the community.

Translations | Unite against COVID-19

Community advice and support

If you’re finding it hard to make ends meet, you can get help in your local area. You can also find advice and online tools to help you sort out your money.

Foodbanks, counselling and other help

Find the contact details of organisations that can help you wherever you live in New Zealand. The Family Services Directory has details of foodbanks and community services near you that can help with your needs.

Find help near you in the Family Services Directory


Talk to trained financial mentors at MoneyTalks.

It’s free and confidential. MoneyTalks can put you in touch with free, confidential services in your own community to help you get things under control.

MoneyTalks is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 2pm.

Contact MoneyTalks by:

Freephone: 0800 345 123

Text: 4029


Online chat and website:



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