New Winter Energy Payment
14 December 2017.
Update June 2018
From 1 July 2018, a Winter Energy Payment will be available to help with the cost of heating homes during the winter.
You don’t need to apply to receive the payment. It will be paid automatically to everyone getting NZ Super, Veteran’s Pension, Jobseeker Support, Jobseeker Support Student Hardship, Emergency Benefit and Emergency Maintenance Allowance, Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or a Youth Service Payment. People can choose to opt out of getting it.
In 2018, the Winter Energy Payment will begin from 1 July to 29 September and from 2019 for five months from 1 May to 1 October.
The rate for single people (with no dependent children) will be $20.46 a week, and couples or people with dependent children will get $31.82.
The Winter Energy Payment won’t affect other payments such as Disability Allowance, Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support or Childcare Assistance.
If people are overseas for longer than four weeks, their Winter Energy Payment will stop while they’re out of the country. People who are getting Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Support Subsidy won’t be eligible for the Winter Energy Payment.
Don't want the payment
If you don’t want the Winter Energy Payment, you can choose not to get it (or start it again). It’s easy to do here.
Travelling overseas during the payment period
If you’re heading away from New Zealand over the winter months Work and Income will keep paying your Winter Energy Payment for up to 28 days. If you plan to leave New Zealand for more than 28 days either fill out the online form or call on 0800552 002, otherwise they might pay you too much and have to ask for the money back.
For more information check the Work and Income website.