Communtity Law Manual | A death in the family | Funeral/tangihanga costs

Financial support for bereaved families

Funeral/tangihanga costs

Who can provide funding for the funeral or tangihanga?

You may be able to get help for the costs of the funeral or tangihanga from the following sources:

  • 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 www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/funeral-grant.html.

Social Security Act 1964, ss 61D-61DE

  • 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 (at www.acc.co.nz/im-injured/financial-support/financial-support-after-death ).

Accident Compensation Act 2001, s 69, Schedule 1, clause 64

  • Help from your iwi – Māori may be able to get a grant for tangihanga from their iwi organisation. Māori can also seek tangihanga funding from Maori land trusts or organisations in which they (or the deceased) have an interest (see the chapter “Māori land”, under “Methods of managing Māori land: Trusts, incorporations, and reservations”). To find out about other possible sources of support, contact Te Puni Kōkiri or your local marae or Māori church.
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