Please note that most Work and Income service centres will be open for our normal business hours through the festive season, other than on weekends and statutory holidays. However, Tākaka's office will close until 8 January.
A reminder that the Winter Energy Payment will be paid from 1 May to 1 October 2023.
People don’t need to apply for the Winter Energy Payment. If they’re eligible, they’ll get it automatically with their other Work and Income payment.
Just a reminder that the Winter Energy Payment will be paid from 1 May to 1 October 2023.
This payment helps people keep their homes and families warmer and healthier over winter.
People don’t need to apply for the Winter Energy Payment. If they’re eligible, they’ll get it automatically with their other payments* (see list below).
Winter Energy Payment rates
Couples and people with dependent children will get $31.82 a week and single people will get $20.46 a week. If someone is getting Foster Care Allowance, we encourage them to contact us. We may be able to pay them at a higher rate.
1 May this year is a Monday. Clients who get paid weekly will get their first full Winter Energy Payment in their pay during the week of 8 May. As 1 May is part-way through the pay period for NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension clients, these clients will get a part Winter Energy Payment in their first May payment and will get the full amount in their next one.
If people want to opt out – or they’ve opted out and now want to start getting it – they can complete the ‘Stop or restart Winter Energy Payment’ online form, or call us.
NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension
For couples getting NZ Super or Veteran’s Pension the Winter Energy Payment is paid to one person, because the payment system can’t split it across two accounts. People can switch the payment to the other person’s account by calling our Seniors line on 0800 552 002.
Seniors heading overseas over the winter months can keep getting Winter Energy Payment for up to 28 days while they’re away. People should tell us if they plan to be away for more than four weeks, otherwise we might pay them too much and have to ask for the money back.
Please note that there’s more information about the Winter Energy Payment on the Work and Income website www.workandincome.govt.nz/winterenergypayment
*You’ll automatically get the Winter Energy Payment if you’re getting:
- NZ Superannuation
- Veteran’s Pension
- Jobseeker Support
- Jobseeker Support Student Hardship
- Sole Parent Support
- Supported Living Payment
- Young Parent Payment
- Youth Payment
- Emergency Benefit
- Emergency Maintenance Allowance
Article type: News and information