More New Zealanders to get hardship support
22 October 2021.
Anyone struggling to meet essential costs such as rent, heating, and food may be eligible for hardship support.
From 1 November, anyone who meets the increased income thresholds, such as casual or part-time workers, or people who aren't already getting financial support may be eligible for assistance.
- a single person, 18 years or older, working up to 40 hours a week on the minimum wage, and earning up to $800 a week (before tax) may be eligible for assistance
- a sole parent with one child, the weekly income threshold (before tax) will increase to $1,100 a week
- a couple’s income threshold will increase to $1,600 a week.
Find out if you’re eligible
The new income limits will be in place from 1 November.
for more information. Interpreters are available to support you.
When you apply for help from us, you may need to provide documents. Here’s a list of the evidence we’ll need.
We’ll also take the opportunity to assess other support you may be eligible for, eg, Family and In-work Tax Credits and the Accommodation Supplement.
There are no changes to income limits for Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, Transition to Work Grants and Course Participation Allowance.
The new income level limits will be in place until 28 February 2022.