Payment is every two weeks within NZ and every four weeks to overseas accounts:
- If you’re under 16 we'll pay your responsible person. This may normally be your carer but it may be someone else more suitable.
- If you’re 16 or over we'll pay you—or the person legally able to act for you.
Payment rate may be reduced by yours or your partner's other income. If other weekly income is:
- up to 50% of the pension’s maximum rate—pension is paid at the maximum rate
- above 50% of the pension’s maximum rate—NZD$1 is taken off for every NZD$1 earned above 50% of the maximum rate
- above 150% of pension’s maximum rate—no payment can be made.
Other income includes:
- wages, salary, commission, interest, parental leave, benefits from the Ministry of Social Development, and similar
- some payments made as goods, services or lump-sums. This depends on factors such as purpose, context, and use.
Payments may also be reduced if you avoid getting the income you could have got. This might include if you:
- choose not to get a payment you were due
- invest your savings in a way that doesn’t earn interest or income.
Dependant's Pension payment rates
While on Dependant’s Pension you or your responsible person:
- must tell us of changes in your situation, and
- may need to confirm your situation to us each year—by sending income information or medical certificates.
If they lose entitlement to the level of War Disablement Pension or Disablement Pension qualifying you for Dependant’s Pension.
Your pension will stop if the person you're dependent on has either their:
- Disablement Pension drop below 52% whole-person impairment, or
- War Disablement Pension drop below 70%
Your pension may be restored if their entitlement returns to a level that qualifies you.
Otherwise, entitlement ends 28 days after your death, or in the following situations.
If you’re under 18
If you’re under 18, entitlement ends once you stop living with the person that qualifies you. Or you stop relying on their financial support.
Once you turn 18, entitlement may continue if:
- you’re still in their care, due to illness or disability, or
- they have died, but you’d have otherwise stayed in their care.
If you’re 18 or older
If you’re aged 18 or over, and not the child of someone that qualifies you, then entitlement ends once you:
- stop living with, or leave the care of someone that qualifies you, or
- are no longer barred from living independently by illness, disability or old age.
If you’re their child aged 18 or over, entitlement ends once you:
- leave their care, or
- are no longer barred from living independently by infirmity—mind or body.