You could be eligible for a Work and Income funeral grant if you are either the partner, spouse, child, parent or guardian of the deceased person, or arranging the funeral of someone with no partner, spouse or child.
The amount granted depends on the money and assets the deceased person had, and, if you are their partner or parent, your own income and assets are also taken into account. The maximum funeral grant of $1,855.75 (as at 1st April 2010) is income and asset tested.
The basic principle applied by Work and Income is that you should be using the deceased person’s finances to pay for a funeral service. The Work and Income funeral grant is only seen as a “top up” towards a funeral account.
You may not be eligible for a Work and Income grant if you are also applying to ACC for an ACC Funeral Grant.
Contact Work and Income on 0800 559 009 (7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm Saturday) or for more information click here for Work and Incomes website