Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
Travelling overseas, how to apply, payment rates and dates, overseas pensions, income and other info for Seniors
Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Fixing issues with Accommodation Supplement, Special Benefit and other payments we’ve made
16-19 year olds
Education, training, work and benefit help for 16-19 year olds
Benefits and forms
A-Z list of benefits, forms, benefit rates
Find out what services we can offer to help you find work and when you start a new job.
Looking for work
We have jobs available now in various industries and you can search on our job websites.
Help with your job search
From advice on making a plan, to tips on where to look and following up leads.
Training and experience
Our programmes can help you get ready for work with training and work experience.
Apprenticeship Support Programme
Get help to retain and bring on new apprentices.
CVs and cover letters
We’ve got great templates and advice for writing your CV or cover letter, and filling out job applications.
Help with work costs
Get help to pay for the things you need to start work
Job support and advice
Get all the support and advice you need to stay in work.
Health and disability
If you want to work, we can support you to find the right job for you.
Start your own business
We can help you get your business up and running.
Get advice about how to prepare for and deliver a great interview.
Help for 16-19 year olds
We’ve got extra support for young people to get ready for work and find a job.
Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
Address, contact details, overseas travel, childcare, relationship or anything else that’s changed.
Declare income, wages deduction calculator and tables
Change in your childcare situation, continue childcare payments, cohort entry schools and other childcare information
Re-apply for Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support, Temporary Additional Support and more
Check or stop your payments, payment cards and other information
Check your debt, repayments and other debt information
Rights and responsibilities
Our commitment to you, obligations, complaints, benefit fraud and more
Find out how we can help you with housing.
Nowhere to stay
Get help if you have nowhere to stay right now.
Find a house
Find out where to look for private housing, or apply for public (social) housing.
Living in your home
Get help with accommodation costs, and advice on any housing issues and public housing tenancies.
Find out how we can help if you’re moving house.
Home repairs and maintenance
If you need money for essential repairs or maintenance for your home and you're on a benefit, we may be able to help.
You may have to pay the money back depending on your situation.
Who can get it
You may be able to get help if:
- you’re receiving a benefit, pension or NZ Superannuation
- you have an immediate and essential need
- the repairs or maintenance are needed to keep your home to a reasonable living standard
- you’ve been to your bank or another provider but they weren’t able to help you.
It also depends on:
- how much you and your partner earn
- any money or assets you and your partner have.
Your income will be assessed either weekly or yearly, depending on the kind of help you qualify for. These income and asset limits usually apply:
If you are: Weekly income before tax is less than Weekly income limit (before tax) from 1 November 2021 until 30 June 2022 single, 16-17 years $514.41 $678.07 single, 18+ years $591.20 $847.59 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) $858.72 $1695.18 sole parent (1 child) $717.40 $1165.44 sole parent (2+ children) $755.82 $1483.29
These don't include what you need for day-to-day living, eg your home or your car. They do include money in the bank, or things like a caravan or a second property.
If you are: Your assets are worth less than single $1,193.21 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) or sole parent $1,988.20
Not on a benefit
If you’re not on a benefit and need help urgently, eg with a sewage treatment system, we may still be able to help. Call us on 0800 559 009 to discuss your situation.
What you can get
Generally you can get up to $1,000 depending on your situation.
What you get it for
You can get help with essential repairs and maintenance for your home, eg:
- hot water cylinder
- retaining walls.
You may also be able to get help with essential services such as:
- sewerage (eg sinks, toilet, shower, drains)
- electricity connection.
How to apply
Call us to book an appointment with us.
During your appointment, we’ll need to understand your situation and how we can help, and let you know what information you need to provide. This will include:
- evidence that you own your home (or have joint ownership)
- evidence that you live in your home
- evidence that you went to your bank or another provider for help but your application was unsuccessful
- evidence of the costs you're applying for, eg quotes or a link to a cost on the supplier's website. You'll need to check with the store or supplier to see if they can accept our payment.