All New Zealanders over the age of 65 are eligible for New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) or a Veterans’ Pension (VP) as long as they meet certain eligibility criteria relating to age and residency. The amount you might be eligible for differs depending on your tax rate and living arrangements, click here to find your weekly amount.
The Work and Income website provides you with more details on how to apply for New Zealand Superannuation.
If you are New Zealand War Veteran, you may be entitled to special benefits or pensions in recognition of your service.
If you have worked overseas you may be eligible for a pension from another country. It is important that you declare any foreign pensions you receive or may be eligible for when applying for your New Zealand Superannuation.
For more information, call Work and Income on 0800 552 002 and ask for the International Services office.
If you have any questions about overseas pensions:
More contact information is on the Seniors Getting in touch with us webpage.
If you receive a New Zealand benefit or pension, you need to let Work and Income know about time you have spent living in other countries and also need to tell them about any changes in your circumstances, including if you are planning to leave New Zealand for more than 26 weeks. Work and Income have more information and facts about Senior Services International.
Further information about New Zealand Superannuation can also be found on the Sorted website.
For more information, call Senior Services on 0800 552 002 or contact your local Senior Services centre.
Further information can also be found on the Ministry of Social Development’s Senior Services website.