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Winter Energy Payment

Winter Energy Payment initiative will enable around a million people in New Zealand to better keep themselves warm and healthy in winter. It is aimed at keeping people healthy, reducing hospital admissions, and saving lives.

Winter Energy Payment will be available from 1 July 2018 to help with heating homes during the winter, and will partially cover the costs.

You don't need to do anything to get this payment - if you qualify, it'll be paid to you automatically.

Who can get it

You can get the Winter Energy Payment if you’re getting either:

  • New Zealand Superannuation
  • Veteran’s Pension
  • Emergency Maintenance Allowance
  • Jobseeker Support
  • Jobseeker Support Student Hardship
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Emergency Benefit.

Who can't get it

You won’t get this payment if you’re getting Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Support Subsidy.

What you can get

You can get:

  • $20.46 a week if you’re single with no dependent children
  • $31.82 a week if you have a partner or dependent children.

This will be paid from 1 July to 30 September 2018. From 2019, it will be paid from 1 May to 1 October. You don't have to pay it back.

The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect other payments you get from the government and isn’t considered income (for tax purposes).

Travelling overseas during the payment period

If you leave New Zealand while this payment is being made (and you're still getting your benefit or NZ Super payment) your Winter Energy Payment will continue for the first 4 weeks you're out of the country, but will stop from the beginning of the 5th week.

If you're back in New Zealand before the Winter Energy Payment ends (eg 30 September 2018), you'll need to contact us about restarting it.

Don't want the payment

If you don’t want the Winter Energy Payment, you can choose not to get it. We’ll let you know how to do this closer to the time.

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** NOTE: The above information has been provided by Work and Income & Labour or reproduced from their websites **