Temporary Additional Support

Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment that helps you when you don't have enough money to cover your essential living costs.


You don't have to be on a benefit to qualify for this payment.

Who can get it

You may get Temporary Additional Support if you:

  • are over 16
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
  • have essential living costs that you have no other way to pay for
  • are not already getting Special Benefit.

It also depends on:

  • how much you and your partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your partner have
  • whether we can help you in other ways
  • the types of costs you're paying for
  • what you're doing to reduce your costs or increase your income.


This information is a guide only.

Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.