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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.
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Find out how we can help you get ready to work, find work, and support available while you're working.
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.
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Check out what you need to do when you're getting a benefit or other payment from us.
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Our commitment to you, obligations, complaints, benefit fraud and more
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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.
Special Portability of New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension
Special Portability enables you to continue to have your New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension (New Zealand pension) paid to you when you move to one of the following Pacific countries.
- American Samoa
- Cook Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Island
- Solomon Islands
- Wallis and Fortuna
To be able to receive your New Zealand pension in one of these Pacific countries you must:
- be entitled to receive the New Zealand pension before leaving New Zealand, and
- be entitled to the New Zealand pension in your own right. Non-qualified partners (eg those under 65 years) have no entitlement overseas, and
- be going to live in one of these Pacific countries for more than 52 weeks, and
- be resident in one of these Pacific countries when each payment is made to you, and
- be residing in and present in New Zealand on the date of application for special portability
Your payment rate will be:
|If you've lived in New Zealand||You'll get|
|for 20 complete years or more since age 20||the full basic rate|
|for between 10-20 complete years since age 20||1/20th of the basic rate for each year you have lived here since age 20|
|for 10 complete years since age 20||half of the basic rate|
Extra assistance you may get in New Zealand cannot be paid overseas, including living alone allowances, disability allowances or accommodation supplements.
If you are receiving an overseas benefit or pension the basic rate payable will be adjusted first, then payment will be calculated according to the table above.
Tax is not deducted in New Zealand before payments are made overseas. You may have to pay tax on your payments in the country you have moved to. Please contact the tax authority in the country you are moving to for more information.
Please tell us about any changes that could affect your payments, such as changes to:
- your personal details, eg your name or address
- your living situation, for instance if you begin living with a partner
- if you or your partner move to another country
- if you or your partner begin to receive an overseas pension.
Life Certificates will be sent out to you regularly to complete and return to ensure your details and entitlements are kept up to date. Please also tell us if you return to live in New Zealand.
Contact us before you go overseas for any reason or any length of time. This will ensure that you continue to receive the correct entitlement.
For further information on special portability please contact International Services.