What is the Winter Energy Payment?
Part of the Government’s Families Package, the Winter Energy Payment provides extra cash to New Zealand beneficiaries during the cooler months (May 1 to October 1).
Designed to help offset higher power bills during winter, the added cash injection is not tied to any power bills. So, it can be spent freely on whatever you wish.
How Much is the Winter Energy Payment?
You can get:
- $20.46 a week if you’re single with no dependent children
- $31.82 a week if you have a partner or dependent children
It doesn’t affect any other payments you may receive and, for tax purposes, is not considered income.
Who is eligible?
The Winter Energy Payment is for New Zealand beneficiaries, so only those receiving one or more of the below benefits or support payments are eligible:
- New Zealand Superannuation
- Veteran’s Pension
- Emergency Maintenance Allowance
- Jobseeker Support
- Jobseeker Support Student Hardship
- Sole Parent Support
- Supported Living Payment
- Youth Payment
- Young Parent Payment
- Emergency Benefit.
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How do I get the Winter Energy Payment?
If you are eligible, the Winter Energy Payment should be automatically added to your benefit payments. So, you don’t need to do anything to apply. If, for some reason, you feel you are not receiving the Winter Energy Payment when you should be, be sure to contact Work and Income.
Compare power providers with Canstar
While the Winter Energy Payment is a great help, another way to better manage those winter power bills is to get a better deal on your power. The cost of power isn’t set, and you could be paying more than you need to. There are plenty of tips and tricks to save on your electricity plan, as well as ways to lower your usage.
But the best thing you can do is shop around.
A great way to start finding the best power provider is by checking out Canstar’s latest Star Ratings awards, which rate NZ power companies for customer satisfaction and value for money. See the table below for some of the results, or click on the button below for the full results of our survey.
Canstar Blue’s latest review of NZ power companies compares them on customer satisfaction. The table below is an abridged version of our full results, available here.
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This report was written by Canstar Content Producer, Andrew Broadley. Andrew is an experienced writer with a wide range of industry experience. Starting out, he cut his teeth working as a writer for print and online magazines, and he has worked in both journalism and editorial roles. His content has covered lifestyle and culture, marketing and, more recently, finance for Canstar.