We may be able to help you buy a new fridge, freezer, combined fridge-freezer or washing machine if you’re on a low income or a benefit.
- You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for this help.
- You'll have to pay the money back.
Who can get it
You may get help if you:
- are 16 or over (if you're 16-19 and have a Youth Service provider, contact Youth Services)
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
- have an immediate or essential need.
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 Annual income before tax is less than single, 16-17 years $491.92 $25,579.84 single, 18+ years $565.36 $29,398.72 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) $821.16 $42,700.32 sole parent (1 child) $686.04 $35,674.08 sole parent (2+ children) $722.78 $37,584.56
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 $1,076.96 married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) or sole parent $1,794.51
What you can get
We have an arrangement with Fisher and Paykel to provide whiteware products and services. If your application with us is approved, we'll help you buy a brand new product with a 2-year warranty.
Fisher and Paykel will:
- deliver and install the product
- remove any packaging
- remove the old product.
They can also repair or replace any product, if needed, while it's under warranty.
The size of the product you get depends on how many people you live with.
Number of people you live with Size of product 1-2 Small 3-4 Medium 5+ Large
How to apply
Call us to discuss your situation. We might be able to grant your request over the phone.
There are some situations where you'll need to come in and see us. If you do have to come in and see us, we'll tell you what you need to bring.
You'll need to tell us the measurements of the space where the product will go so we can make sure it will fit.
What happens next
If your application is approved, we'll pay the money directly to Fisher and Paykel.
Fisher and Paykel will contact you to arrange a time to deliver the product.