NZ Superannuation is a universal payment for NZ citizens and residents who are 65 or older. If you've served in New Zealand's Armed Forces you might be able to apply for a Veteran’s Pension instead.
If you've lived in NZ for 10 years or more, and now live in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, you may be able to get NZ Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension when you turn 65.
If you've served in NZ's Armed Forces during a war or a recognised emergency, you can apply for a Veteran’s Pension. In some cases your spouse or partner may also qualify for one.
How much NZ Superannuation you get paid depends on whether you have a partner and your living arrangements.
You'll get a higher amount of NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension if you're single and live by yourself. This takes into account the extra costs of running a household on your own.
If you lived or worked in another country you may be able to get their social security pension. When you apply for NZ Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension, apply for these pensions at the same time.
NZ Super payments are made every second Tuesday. If there's a public holiday, payments are made earlier.
If you’re getting NZ Superannuation or the Veteran's Pension, you must let Work and Income know of changes to personal information such as your address, your relationship or your living arrangements.
If you're away from NZ for 26 weeks or less you still receive your NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension. If you're away for more than 26 weeks you can sometimes get all or part of your pension.
If you decide to move overseas you may be able to keep getting some or all of your NZ Superannuation or Veteran's Pension.
If you get weekly compensation payments from the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) because you can’t work, this may affect when you get NZ Superannuation.
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