If the deceased’s family or whānau can’t afford to pay for the funeral or tangihanga, they’ll need to go in to their local Work and Income office and apply for a grant.
If the death has been brought about by an accident, ACC can provide a range of payments, including funeral grants and survivor’s grants for the partner and children.
Whānau may also be able to access other funding through their iwi organisations or other sources.
You may be able to get help for the costs of the funeral or tangihanga from the following sources:
Social Security Act 1964, ss 61D-61DE
Funeral grant from Work and Income – If you can’t afford to pay for the funeral or tangihanga, you may be able to get up to $2,008 from Work and Income to cover the cost, including for preparing the body (for example, embalming), the coffin, newspaper notices, the hearse, and the costs of the burial plot or cremation. For more information, see here.
Accident Compensation Act 2001, s 69, Schedule 1, clause 64
Funeral grant from ACC – If the death was because of an accident, ACC will pay a funeral grant of up to $4,500. Contact ACC, or you can apply online.
If you don’t have any income, you can apply to Work and Income for an ongoing benefit. The type of benefit you might qualify for will depend on whether you have children and how old your children are: see the chapter “Dealing with Work and Income”.
Accident Compensation Act 2001, s 69, Schedule 1, clauses 65, 66, 70, 76
If the death was caused by an accident, ACC will provide a range of ongoing or one-off support for the surviving partner and children:
See also the “Accident compensation” chapter, under “Entitlements for family members after fatal injuries”.