Families package and other benefit boosts start today

A bunch of benefit boosts kick in today, 1 July. Those who qualify will get more money as they next payments become due.

Superannuants who get a winter payment, and families having babies or with eligible children will benefit. other families and individuals get nothing.

Beehive: Supporting New Zealand families

From 1 July 2018, thousands of New Zealanders will be eligible for extra support through the Government’s Families Package.

Working for Families

If you have children and your household earns up to $81,000 a year, you could be eligible for Working for Families tax credits. Some larger families earning more will also be eligible.

Calculator: check what you could get

Learn more about Working for Families

Best Start baby payments

If you have a baby born (or due to be born) on or after 1 July 2018, you will receive a $60 weekly payment until your child turns one. For parents who are taking paid parental leave, this payment begins after that leave ends.

If your household income is less than $79,000 a year, you will continue to receive Best Start until your child turns three.

Find out what you’re eligible for

Paid parental leave

We’re extending paid parental leave to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018. This will rise to 26 weeks by 2020.

Paid parental leave is available for new parents and other primary carers, such as adoptive parents and grandparents with full-time care.

Once Paid Parental Leave is finished, Best Start payments for families begin. For families receiving Paid Parental Leave, the Best Start tax credit will begin after Paid Parental Leave ends.

Find out more

Winter Energy Payment 

If you receive Superannuation, a Veteran’s Pension or a main benefit, you will receive this payment automatically from 1 July 2018 for 13 weeks. In future years, it will start on 1 May and continue for 22 weeks.

If you’re single, you’ll get an extra $20.46 a week.  Couples and people with dependent children will get an extra $31.82 a week.

Learn more

Help with housing costs

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

Calculator: check what you’re eligible for

More details from Work and Income.

This all adds complexity to the myriad of benefits available.

It is simply for me – I get nothing from it. All I get is to gradually pay more income tax, and more fuel tax.