Financial Assistance

WINZ Funeral Grant

If you wish to apply for a funeral grant, the necessary forms can be obtained from WINZ. WINZ will require the Death Certificate, which will only be available about 10 days after the funeral.

A close relative of the deceased needs to apply for this grant, which is asset tested.

When applying for a funeral grant you need:

  1. The WINZ Funeral Grant application form which can be obtained from WINZ or from the funeral director.
  2. The deceased’s Benefit or Superannuation number; bank books; and Community Services Card.
  3. The death certificate supplied by the Register of Births, Deaths & Marriages, which we apply for on your behalf (on the day of the funeral).
  4. A copy of the funeral account.
  5. Your Benefit or Superannuation number, bank account number and tax number.
  6. The applicant needs to take identification along, e.g. Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Drivers License or Passport.

Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

NB: Only one Funeral Grant will be payable to the Estate. It is not possible to receive assistance from both WINZ and ACC.

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ACC Accidental Death Claim

The Funeral Director will supply the necessary forms to be completed and forwarded to ACC.

When applying for a funeral grant you need:

  1. The ACC Funeral Grant Application Form which can be obtained from ACC or from the funeral director.
  2. The death certificate supplied by the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages,which we apply for on your behalf (on the day of the funeral).
  3. A copy of the funeral account.

Additional financial assistance is available to the surviving spouse and dependant children. It is advisable to liaise with the ACC and they will be helpful in notifying you of your entitlement.

NB: Only one Funeral Grant will be payable to the Estate. It is not possible to receive assistance from both WINZ and ACC.

Returned Services Personnel

Funeral expenses are not paid by Veterans Affairs or the RSA.

RSA Burial Plots are free, however the other cemetery charges such as the Plot Maintenance and Digging Fees have to be met by the Estate, as do Cremation Fees.

Standard memorial plaques are subsidised by Veterans Affairs. The order forms are available at our office.

For further advice regarding lump sum payments on death, war funeral grants and surviving spouse pensions please contact the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Any documents which can verify the accuracy of any or all service details may be required to be sighted. These are available from one of the numbers below :

Office of Veterans Affairs
New Zealand Returned Forces
PO Box 5146
WELLINGTON 6145
0800 483 8372

Hamilton Welfare Office
The Combined Service Club,
Rostrevor Street,
HAMILTON 3204
07 8394928

Portable Document Format (PDF)ACC Accidental Death Claim (407kb)
 
 
 


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