Getting an overseas benefit or pension in New Zealand
You may be able to get benefits or pensions from us and from overseas countries you have lived in. It's up to the benefit or pension agency of the country making the payment to decide who can get one.
If you get any overseas benefits or pensions you must let us know as it may affect the amount you get from us.
Overseas pensions and benefits are benefits, pensions and periodical allowances paid under a programme that:
- provides benefits, pensions and periodical allowances for the same circumstances for which New Zealand benefits or pensions would be paid (e.g. old age/retirement, survivor's and disability pensions); and
- is administered by, or on behalf of, an overseas government.
You and your spouse/partner are legally obliged to apply for any overseas benefit or pension to which you may be entitled if you want to receive New Zealand benefits and pensions.
Our International Services team specialise in overseas pensions.