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Funeral Grants

Some New Zealanders may be eligible for a Funeral Grant from WINZ. We can help you with getting all the information and forms, assisting our families with their applications where necessary. 

Who can get it?

  • The partner, spouse, child, parent or guardian of the deceased person
  • If you are arranging the funeral of someone with no partner, spouse or child
  • The deceased normally lived in New Zealand

What can it be used for?

A WINZ Funeral Grant may be used for services such as:

  • Preparing the body for cremation or burial (for example, embalming)
  • The cost of a casket
  • Newspaper notice costs
  • Hearse fees
  • Compulsory fees for buying a burial plot
  • Cremation fees

How can I apply?

Please apply directly with WINZ. Here are links to application forms on their website:

Please contact WINZ for more information or to apply for a Funeral Grant.

More information

  • New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents who normally live in New Zealand may be eligible for a WINZ Funeral Grant
  • The Funeral Grant is income and asset tested
  • The maximum rate of the Funeral Grant is currently $2,128.10
  • The spouse, partner, child, parent or person who has taken responsibility for organising the funeral of the deceased can apply. Just Funerals maybe able to apply for the WINZ Funeral Grant on your behalf
  • The Funeral Grant assists in the cost of a Funeral
  • All costs may be covered by the Funeral Grant depending on the Funeral Service 

Veterans Affairs - Funeral Grants

For Veterans that served in the New Zealand Defence Forces there maybe funeral grants available from Veterans Affairs.

For more details please see