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    Hi silly question but do you get child benefit money in New Zealand??? Many Thanks

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    Hi,

    No. You cannot claim any benefits until you have held residency for at least 24 months, or can prove a case of extreme hardship (extreme meaning you are literally unable to feed your family).

    Any existing benefits from the UK are also stopped after being out of the country for 8 weeks.
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    Thank you Taffy :icon_biggrin:

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    Hi
    So will my Family allowance stop after 8 weeks even though we are technicaly just on holiday for 3 months?

    Do you just write and imform them of this?

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    How do i find out more about how the benefit is used?
    Thanks a Heap,

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    Morgan, welcome to the forum.

    I don't quite understand what you mean by 'how the benefit is used'. Child benefit is supposed to be, as the name implies, for the benefit of the child in the family and should be put to good use in helping to ensure the child has the basics for a decent life.

    Here's a link to Working for Families Tax Credits which explains some of the benefits you can claim in NZ if you qualify.
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    Default isnt it simple!

    The reason immigration make it so difficult to get into NZ is to ensure people dont move here and live of the state claiming money like what happens in another little country I can think of!!
    And good luck to them ensuring this is the case....
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    sorry to reply to this one so late..
    but it's not actually true that you have to wait until you've been here a year or two years or whatever, it seems that it depends who you speak to at the ird place..

    we have friends who arrived at the same time as us and have been getting it from day1.. we applied after about 10 months and ended up getting it back dated to when we arrived.. so go for it, and if they say you need to wait, ask them to check.. and keep getting them to check till they realise they are wrong.. defiitely able to claim from day one..

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    The IRD are not very clear on who can claim 'working for families tax credits'. Their website states that:

    "You must meet at least one of the following residency requirements:

    You are both a New Zealand resident and a New Zealand tax resident and have been in New Zealand continuously for at least 12 months at any time.

    You are caring for a child who is both present and resident in New Zealand. "

    I suppose this means that as long as the child you are claiming for has residency you can claim.
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    mmmmmm

    So, Kiwi's pay for people from other countries now.




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