WINZ

Work & Income NZ is a government agency set up to support individuals and families during times of need - such as in sickness, after redundancy, or after the death of spouse for example. Those with short or long term health issues, or their carers, can apply for help at any time.


Main Benefit

The types of benefit available have recently changed and are now named as follows:

Jobseeker Support
For people temporarily out of work, but who are seeking and available for employment. They have work obligations based on their ability to work. This benefit is for people who:
  • can work full-time, and who are taking reasonable steps to look for work
  • because of a health condition, injury or disability, are limited in their ability to work, but can work for at least 15 hours a week (part-time), or
  • because of a health condition, injury or disability can’t work or can work fewer than 15 hours a week. They may be asked to do specific work preparation activities.
 
Sole Parent Support
This payment is for sole parents caring for children under the age of 14 who can look or prepare for part-time work. Sole Parent Support has different obligations based on the age of the youngest child:
  • Those with children under five are expected to prepare for work, and may be asked to do specific work preparation activities.
  • Those with a youngest child aged five or over are expected to look for part-time work.
  • When their youngest child reaches 14 they’ll transfer to Jobseeker Support and will be expected to look for and be available for full-time work.

Supported Living Payment
The Supported Living Payment is for people who are permanently and severely restricted in their capacity to work because of a health condition or disability. Supported Living Payment also includes carers of people needing hospital-level (or equivalent) care. People on this benefit may have work preparation obligations and can be asked to do specific activities to prepare for work where they’re able.

You may be able to get the Supported Living Payment if you are:
  • permanently and severely restricted in your ability to work because of a health condition, injury or disability, OR
  • totally blind, OR
  • caring full-time for someone at home who would otherwise need hospital-level or residential care (or equivalent) who is not your husband, wife or partner.
  • You must also be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who normally lives here, and who has lived here for at least two years at one time since becoming a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • If not, please talk to us as you may qualify for the Emergency Benefit, or we may have an agreement with the country where you’ve been living.

If you have a health condition, injury or disability:
To get the Supported Living Payment because of a health condition, injury or disability, you must be:
  • permanently and severely restricted in your capacity to work because of a health condition, injury or disability. This means you:
  • have a condition affecting your capacity to work for more than two years, OR
  • have a life expectancy of less than two years AND
  • can’t regularly work 15 hours or more a week in open employment
  • OR
  • are totally blind.
  • You must also be 16 years or older.
As part of your application for Supported Living Payment we’ll need you to give us information that confirms your condition and the impact it has on your ability to work.

If you want to work:
People on Supported Living Payment aren't required to look for work, but we know that many disabled people and people with health conditions are keen to work with the right support.
  1. If employment is an option for you, we can work with you to help you into work.
  2. If you start work you may still be able to get financial help with costs such as accommodation and childcare. You may also qualify for Work Bonus or a Transition to Work Grant.
Transition to Work Grant is a payment which helps people with the costs of moving into a job.

Work Bonus is an incentive payment available to some people on a benefit who choose to work even though they don’t have work obligations as a condition of their benefit. We'll talk to you about this support when you contact us to tell us you've found work.

If you have a partner, their situation will be considered in your application. Your partner will also need to meet a number of obligations.

If you’re a full-time carer:
To get the Supported Living Payment because you're a full-time carer, you need to be caring full-time for someone at home who isn't your husband, wife or partner. The person you’re caring for must otherwise need to receive hospital or residential-level care.
Examples of this level of care are:
  • rest home care
  • residential disability care
  • extended care services for severely disabled children and young people
  • inpatient or residential hospital care.
As part of the application process we’ll need to see medical information from the doctor or specialist of the person you’re caring for.

If you have a partner:
If you’re a full-time carer for someone and you have a partner, your partner can’t be included in your Supported Living Payment. Talk to us if they need financial assistance.

New Zealand Superannuation
New Zealand Superannuation is a fortnightly payment for people aged 65 and over. We’ll automatically send you a SuperGold card when your New Zealand Superannuation is granted.
You may get New Zealand Superannuation if you:
  • are aged 65 or over
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand at the time you apply.
You must also have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years since you turned 20. Five of those years must be since you turned 50. Time spent overseas in certain countries and for certain reasons may be counted for New Zealand Superannuation (we can tell you more about this when you contact us).

How much you can get depends on your current circumstances. These include:
  • whether you are single, married or in a relationship
  • your living situation if you are single
  • whether your partner is included in your New Zealand Superannuation payments or not
  • any overseas benefit or pension you may get.
Any payments you get from accident insurance or Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) may affect your pension.

Help with living expenses

WINZ may be able to help with living costs if you're not able to work, or are working fewer hours because:
  • you have a health condition, injury or disability
  • you're caring for someone with a health condition or a disability or
  • you're pregnant.

Accommodation Supplement
Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.

You may get an Accommodation Supplement if you:
  1. have accommodation costs
  2. are aged 16 years or more
  3. are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  4. normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
  5. are not paying rent for a Housing New Zealand property.
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.

How much you will get on the Accommodation Supplement will depend on:
  • your income
  • your assets
  • your accommodation costs
  • your family circumstances
  • where you live.
Accommodation Supplement calculator (Working for Families website) - Work out how much you might be entitled to.


Advance Payment of Benefit
If you are getting a benefit and have an immediate need for something essential you may be able to get an advance payment of your benefit. We generally pay the supplier for the goods or services you need (eg appliances, furniture, bedding, rent or school uniforms). You’ll need to pay us back but may be able to do this in instalments.

You may get an Advance Payment of Benefit if you:
  • have an immediate and essential need
  • are receiving a benefit.
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.

Away from Home Allowance
Away from Home Allowance is a weekly payment which helps carers with the living costs for 16 or 17 year olds who are living away from home while on a tertiary or training course. We pay the allowance to the carer of the young person.

You may get an Away from Home Allowance if:
  • you are the main carer of a 16 or 17 year-old young person
  • you are eligible for a family tax credit for the young person
  • the young person is dependent on you
  • the young person is living away from home while on a tertiary course or approved employment related training.
How much you get depends on yours and the young person’s circumstances. 

Temporary Additional Support
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment which helps someone who can’t meet their essential living costs from what they earn or from other sources.

You may get Temporary Additional Support if you:
  • are over 16 years old
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • have essential living costs that you have no other way to meet
  • are not already getting Special Benefit.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
To work out if you can get this help we also look at:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have
  • whether we can help you in other ways
  • the types of costs you are paying for
  • what you are doing to meet or reduce your costs.

If you or your partner have made an application for Temporary Additional Support, you must take all necessary steps to get other assistance towards costs and take reasonable steps to increase your income and reduce costs where possible. This support may be paid for up to 13 weeks.

Other benefits available for disabled persons

Child Disability Allowance
Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child.
You may get a Child Disability Allowance if:
  • you are the main carer of the child (or if there is no main carer, you have care of the child for the time being)
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • the child has been assessed as needing constant care and attention for at least 12 months because of a serious disability
  • the child or young person is under 18.
Both you and the child should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

This payment is not affected by:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn 
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.

Childcare Subsidy
Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.
You may get a Childcare Subsidy if you are:
  • the main carer of a dependent child
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.

The child must be:
  • under five years old (or under six years if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them)
  • attending an early childhood programme for three or more hours a week.
A Childcare Subsidy is normally paid for up to nine hours of childcare a week.  In some situations you may be able to get up to 50 hours a week.  


Civilian amputee assistance
Civilian Amputee Assistance helps amputees, or those born without a limb(s), with some of their costs when they need to go to an Artificial Limb Centre. An allowance which helps you with regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel. You may get Civilian Amputee Assistance if you need to go to an Artificial Limb Centre to have an artificial limb fitted, adjusted or repaired. 

You can claim:
  • travel costs including public transport, taxi fares (where public transport can’t be used), private cars or air fares, depending on your circumstances
  • costs of meals during travel times or overnight stays
  • accommodation costs if your appointment times or the distance travelled mean that you have to stay overnight
  • loss of earnings if you have no sick leave left.
  1. If you are aged under 15 or can’t travel by yourself you can also claim the costs of someone going with you. 
  2. You can claim for their travel, accommodation and meals but not for their loss of earnings. 
  3. You can only claim for costs that can’t be met by District Health Boards or any other funding scheme. Generally, the District Health Boards will cover initial artificial limb fitting travel costs if you’re still in hospital.
  4. If you’ve lost a limb due to an accident you can get compensation. Contact ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) about this.

Community Costs
Community Costs is a weekly payment which helps people in a short-term residential treatment programme meet their essential ongoing costs in the community. If you're in a short-term residential treatment programme, we may be able to help you meet your costs in the community.

Community Costs aim to help make it easier for people to go back into the community at the end of their treatment and can help pay for essential costs such as:
  • accommodation cost
  • childcare costs
  • storage costs
  • hire purchases for essential items.
You may get Community Costs if you:
  • are aged 16 years or more
  • have ongoing costs in the community that are essential
  • have no other way of meeting these costs 
  • are in a short-term residential treatment programme (less than 39 weeks).
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.
You must also:
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • have lived in New Zealand for at least 2 years at any one time since becoming a New Zealand citizen or resident (unless you are a refugee).
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

Community Services Card 
The Community Services Card can help you and your family with the costs of health care. You'll pay less on some health services and prescriptions. 

The Community Services Card can reduce the cost of:
  • prescription fees
  • fees for after hours doctor visits
  • visits to a doctor who is not your regular doctor
  • glasses for children under 16
  • emergency dental care provided by hospitals and approved dental contractors (ask the dental provider if they are an approved contractor)
  • travel and accommodation for treatment at a public hospital outside your area when you have been referred (at least 80km away for adults and 25km for children)
  • home help.
You can use your card for your dependent children aged under 18 years.

If you are getting one of the following types of help you (or your child, in some cases) will automatically be issued with a Community Services Card.
  • Child Disability Allowance
  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Emergency Benefit
  • Orphans Benefit
  • Residential Care Subsidy
  • Student Allowance
  • Unsupported Childs Benefit
  • Veterans Pension
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment.
You may get the Community Services Card if you are:
  • 18 years old or over (or 16-17 years old in full-time tertiary study)
  • on a low to middle income (the amount depends on your family situation)
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
  1. You may also get the card if you have refugee or protection status or have applied for refugee or protection status.
  2. If you cannot get the Community Services Card you may be able to get some other type of help for your health costs. Ask your pharmacist about the Prescription Subsidy Card or your doctor about a High Use Health Card. 
  3. If you have a Community Services Card and are transferring to NZ Super then your current card can be used to its expiry date, but you will need to reapply when it expires. NZ Super is counted as income and you need to update your income details.

Disability Allowance
Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have regular, ongoing costs because of a disability, such as visits to the doctor or hospital, medicines, extra clothing or travel.
You may get a Disability Allowance if you:
  • have a disability that is likely to last at least six months
  • have regular, ongoing costs because of your disability which are not fully covered by another agency
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.

Emergency Benefit
The Emergency Benefit is assistance that may be paid to people who cannot support themselves and who do not qualify for any other payments.

Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment
If you are under 19 and have a child under five, and are in full-time education, training or work-based learning, you may be able to get the Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) to assist with the cost of childcare
You may be able to get GCAP if you are:
  • receiving a Young Parent Payment (or 16 – 18 years old and included as a partner of a specified beneficiary)
  • in full-time education, training or work-based learning
  • the main caregiver for a child under the age of five.
Or, if you are not on a benefit, and you are:
  • under 18
  • attending secondary school full-time
  • the main caregiver for a child under the age of five
  • either living with, and supported by your parents or guardian, or married or in a civil union or de facto relationship.
If you have a partner, in order to receive GCAP there needs to be a good reason why your partner can’t provide childcare. For example, a good reason could be that they are studying, working or actively seeking work.

GCAP covers the actual childcare service costs, up to $6.00 an hour and up to 50 hours a week for each child and can be paid for the hours you're:
  • in full-time education, training or work-based learning (including travel time)
  • meeting your youth activity obligations, if you have them (eg attending a parenting course)
  • working part-time (for up to 15 hours a week).
GCAP is usually paid straight to the early childhood centre or service.


Home Help
If you're a parent or carer we may be able to help you with the cost of home help to complete household tasks or training in parenting skills.
You may get Home Help if you have had a multiple birth or have adopted three or more children.
You may also get it if you have a domestic emergency or need domestic support.
If you have a domestic emergency or need domestic support it also depends on any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have. You must also:
  • have no immediate family or anyone else living with you able to help you
  • have a current Community Services Card.
  1. You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  2. You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

House Modification Funding
Funding for changes to your home because you or your child is disabled.


Live Organ Donor Assistance
Live Organ Donor Assistance is a payment which helps people who are donating a kidney or liver tissue for transplant within New Zealand with loss of income and/or childcare costs. It does not provide full compensation for loss of income. 
You may be able to get Live Organ Donor Assistance if you have:
  • been assessed as an appropriate donor by a District Health Board
  • given your free and informed consent to become a live kidney donor or liver tissue donor
  • lost income or have extra childcare costs because of your operation.
To get help with childcare costs you must have children under 14 and need extra childcare because of your operation. Overseas donors may be able to get Live Organ Donor Assistance if their surgery is carried out in New Zealand.

Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy
Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy is a payment which helps families with the costs of before- and after-school programmes, and school holiday programmes. It helps with the costs of before- and after-school programmes for up to 20 hours a week, and school holiday programmes of up to 50 hours a week.
You may get an OSCAR Subsidy if you:
  • are the main carer of a dependent child
  • don’t have a partner who can provide childcare
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.
The child or young person must be:
  • aged five to 13 years old (or up to 18 years if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them)
  • attending an approved OSCAR programme for three or more hours a week.
  • The child should also normally live in New Zealand.

You can estimate the amount of OSCAR Subsidy you may be entitled to by using the calculator on the Working for Families website.
Working For Families calculator
View our current rates


Re-establishment grant (Special Needs Grant)
The Special Needs Grant - Re-establishment grant is a payment to help people in specific circumstances re-establish themselves in the community. Re-establishment grants are considered on a case by case basis. You must meet the qualifications for a Special Needs Grant. 
You must also be re-establishing yourself in the community and be:
  • a refugee who isn't entitled to other forms of government assistance for refugees
  • a sole parent who is the victim of family violence and is being assisted by a social service agency, for example Women's Refuge, to relocate after the initial separation and has no other resources
  • a patient in hospital or residential home for more then 6 months
  • just released from a custody period of 31 days or more.

Recoverable Assistance Payment 
Recoverable Assistance is a payment which helps people pay for something they need urgently when they have no other way of paying for it. This grant is generally paid for items such as appliances, school uniforms or rent arrears. Recoverable Assistance has to be paid back but may be paid back in instalments.
You may get a Recoverable Assistance Payment Grant if:
  • your need is urgent and essential
  • you have no other way to meet this cost
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.

Residential Care Loan
Many people going into residential care want to keep their home. Rather than selling your home to pay for your care, we may be able to help you with a Residential Care Loan. This is an interest free loan paid to the hospital or rest home and is usually repaid when your home is sold.
You may get a Residential Care Loan if you:
  • own your home
  • are assessed as needing residential care.
  • It also depends on any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.
If you get a benefit or pension, most of it goes to the hospital or rest home to help pay for your care. You keep a personal allowance.

Residential Care Subsidy
If you need long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home, you may be able to get a Residential Care Subsidy from the Ministry of Health. This subsidy helps with the cost of this care. The subsidy is paid directly to the hospital or rest home by the Ministry of Health.
A subsidy for residential care needed because of a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric disability (including drug and alcohol rehabilitation).

You may get a Residential Care Subsidy if:
  • you are assessed as needing long-term residential care in a hospital or rest home
  • you need this care for an indefinite length of time
  • the hospital or rest home is approved
  • you are aged 65 or older (if you are 50-64 years old other conditions apply so please contact us).
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.
If you get a benefit or pension, most of it goes to the hospital or rest home to help pay for your care. You keep a personal allowance.

Social Rehabilitation Assistance
Social Rehabilitation Assistance is a payment which helps people who are in a residential social rehabilitation programme and their benefit isn't enough to meet the fees. Payments are made directly to the programme provider.
  1. You may get Social Rehabilitation Assistance if you are in an approved social rehabilitation programme and getting a benefit.
  2. If you are getting New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran’s Pension it also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.
  3. If you are going into a social rehabilitation programme but are not getting a benefit, contact us to find out if you qualify for one.
How much you can get depends on the area where the social rehabilitation programme is.

Special Disability Allowance
Special Disability Allowance is a weekly payment for people who have a spouse or partner who is in a hospital or rest home (for at least 13 weeks) or who is getting a Residential Care Subsidy. It is paid to the spouse or partner who is not in care to help with the extra costs of having their spouse or partner in care.

You may get a Special Disability Allowance if:
  • you are getting a benefit or pension
  • your spouse or partner is getting a Residential Care Subsidy or has been in hospital or a rest home for over 13 weeks.

Special Needs Grant
A Special Needs Grant is a payment to help people in certain circumstances pay for something when they have no other way of paying for it. You don't usually have to pay them back either.

Generally, you may get a Special Needs Grant if you:
  • have urgent and necessary needs
  • have no other way to meet these costs
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.
It may also depend on:
  • how much you and your spouse or partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your spouse or partner have.

We want to make sure everyone receiving a hardship payment is also getting help to manage their money and improve their situation.

If you're receiving Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment, this information doesn't apply to you. Your Youth Service provider will help you with budgeting. 


Modification Grant
Funding for workplace changes or equipment if you're disabled which make it easier for you to stay in or get work.

Car Modification Funding
Funding if you need to modify your car because you're disabled.



Training and employment help


Business Training and Advice Grant
Business Training and Advice Grant helps people getting government assistance who want to start up their own business. It helps towards the cost of training and advice you need to start a business. You could also use it if you need the services of a business adviser.

You may get the Business Training and Advice Grant if:
  • you or your spouse are getting some form of government assistance
  • you are planning to take up, or are already getting, Flexi-Wage 
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

How much you can get - up to $1,000 (including GST) per person per project.

Contact us for application forms and advice on courses.
You will also need to write a brief summary about your business and the course or service you want the grant for. You need to apply and get approval before starting the course or using the service.

Employment Transition Grant
Employment Transition Grant is a weekly payment which helps some people who have completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial.
You may get an Employment Transition Grant if you:
  • have completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial
  • can no longer get a Supported Living Payment
  • are earning less than the Supported Living Payment after completing the trial
  • regularly work 15 hours or more per week (not in sheltered employment) but you can’t carry on working these hours without the grant.
It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn.

Flexi-Wage for Self-Employment
Flexi-Wage helps people getting government assistance who want to start up their own business.
You may get the Flexi-Wage for Self-Employment if:
  • you or your spouse are getting some form of government assistance
  • you are not currently bankrupt
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
How much you can get depends on the needs of your business and your personal financial situation.

New Employment Transition Grant
The New Employment Transition Grant is a payment which helps people who are no longer on a benefit and who can't work because of sickness or a breakdown in childcare arrangements.
You may get a New Employment Transition Grant if you have a dependent child or children and either:
  • you can't work because you, your spouse or partner, or your dependent child is sick and you have no sick leave available
  • there has been a breakdown in childcare arrangements and you have no paid leave available.
  • You can only get the grant if your spouse or partner can’t care for the child.
You must also:
  • have stopped getting a benefit within the last six months
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here.

Sole Parent Support Study Assistance Loan
Extra recoverable assistance is available for clients who are receiving Sole Parent Support and who are undertaking study at level 4 or above.
Sole Parent Support Study Assistance Loan can be paid if you:
  • are receiving Sole Parent Support
  • are studying at level 4 or above
  • have costs which are directly related to your study
Sole Parent Support Study Assistance is not available to people who:
  • are studying for a bachelors with honours, masters or doctorate degree
  • are receiving (or entitled to receive) grandparented Training Incentive Allowance
  • have not exhausted the Course Related Costs component of their Student Loan if they have entitlement.

The maximum amount you can borrow is $500.00 in a 52 week period. This is interest and tax free. You can apply up to five times in a 52 week period, but you cannot receive more than $500.00 in total.
You can apply for the Sole Parent Support Study Assistance for expenses such as:
  • transport to and from your course, including car running costs
  • childcare costs (less any Childcare Assistance)
  • baby sitting or other child minding costs
  • books and stationery
  • course equipment and materials
  • other costs that we determine are necessary for your study.
Repaying the Sole Parent Support Study Assistance
You won't need to make any repayment until you finish your course or you stop receiving Sole Parent Support, whichever comes first. You'll need to negotiate the amount to be repaid with Work and Income. The minimum amount you must repay is $4.00 a week unless you have exceptional circumstances.




Help with careers and finding a job
Work can improve your life and give you independence. When it's right for you and your family, we can help you find part-time or full-time work, get training, or become self-employed.

Looking for work
We can help you find a job and support you while you look for work.

Mainstream Employment Programme
If you have a significant disability and you believe it is preventing you from getting a job, you might be eligible for Mainstream.

Self-start
A grant that helps disabled people or people with ill health become self-employed.

Training Support
A payment which helps disabled  people or people with ill health attend training or other activities that make it easier for them to get work or stay in work.

Employment Transition Assistance
If you've completed a Supported Living Payment Employment Trial you may get an extra payment.



Other services that may help with employment and training

Workbridge is a professional employment service for people with all types of disability, including people who have lived with the long-term effects of injury and illness. A Workbridge jobseeker will have been living with the effects of their disability, injury or illness for more than six months. There is no cost for jobseekers and employers to match people to the right job. Workbridge also administers Support Funds on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development. This funding is available to help with any additional costs directly relating to a person's disability when entering or retaining a job, entering training, or commencing self employment.

Workbridge shares the vision of the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, that disabled people have the same right to take part in community life as everyone else. We work with disabled people to increase their participation in employment. To achieve this we work co-operatively with other community organisations, employers and government. We have information for clients in Maori, Samoan, Tongan and Plain English.

Tollfree phone number: 0508 858 858


A discussion around the barriers that disabled people face in education and employment.


Other financial assistance

Funeral Grant
A Funeral Grant can help with some of the funeral costs of someone close to you who has died.
You may get a Funeral Grant if you are either:
  • the partner, spouse, child, parent or guardian of the deceased person
  • arranging the funeral of someone with no partner, spouse or child.
  • The deceased person should normally have lived in New Zealand.
There are some situations where you can’t get this grant if you have already received certain payments (we can tell you what these payments are).

We can help you with necessary costs such as:
  • professional services for preparing the body for cremation or burial (for example, embalming)
  • the cost of a casket
  • newspaper notice costs
  • hearse fees
  • compulsory fees for buying a burial plot
  • cremation fees.
There are some costs we can’t help you with. If you want to check if a cost can be included, contact us.

How much you can get depends on what money or assets the deceased person had. If you are their partner, spouse, parent or guardian it also depends on:
  • how much you earn
  • any money or assets you have.




Other resources/services that may help

Ministry of Health
Pharmaceutical Subsidy Card
High Use Health Card
District Health Boards
Funded services
Disability services
Disability funding information
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:41 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:41 PM
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Kate Johns,
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:42 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:43 PM
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Kate Johns,
Oct 28, 2014, 9:43 PM
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Kate Johns,
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