Financial Assistance from Other Agencies
Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) have a funeral grant that may be available to those who cannot pay the full cost of a funeral. This grant is asset tested and payable, at present, to a maximum of $1820.08* (2009). Our Funeral Director will assist you to apply for this grant.
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has a funeral grant of $5429.92* (2009) for deaths occurring as the result of an accident or medical misadventure.
Please note that you cannot claim a funeral grant from both WINZ and ACC.
Medical insurance companies also have a range of death cover policies. Check with your insurance company to find out whether this is included in your policy.
The Nelson South Credit Union NZCU South has loans available to meet funeral expenses, subject to their Lender’s Policy, which gives you time-payment options. If you’re interested, they can meet with you and explain further.
* Please note: Above amounts may be subject to change.