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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:

Social Security Act 2018, ss 90–94; Social Security Regulations 2018, reg 55

  • 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 $2,128 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.

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

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