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Take a look at the range of benefits and payments we have available.
Redundancy, health condition or disability or another reason you can’t work
Food, school costs, power, accommodation or other living expenses you need help with
You’ve had a relationship break-up, family breakdown or violent relationship end
Health and Disability
Counselling, prescription and GP costs, medical alarms and other costs we can help with
Travelling overseas, how to apply, payment rates and dates, overseas pensions, income and other info for Seniors
Caring for someone else’s child or someone with a health condition, injury or disability
Urgent or unexpected costs
Dental, glasses, car repairs, fridge, washing machine, funeral or other urgent costs you need help with
Childcare, school uniforms, stationery, having a baby and other costs if you have children
Fixing issues with Accommodation Supplement, Special Benefit and other payments we’ve made
16-19 year olds
Education, training, work and benefit help for 16-19 year olds
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Help for 16-19 year olds
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Enhanced Taskforce Green
If there's been an emergency event that's caused significant damage, eg earthquake or flood, the Government may approve an Enhanced Taskforce Green work programme to help with clean-up and recovery.
Local councils may engage with Work and Income to make appropriate arrangements for Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) workers and supervisors to assist with clean-up projects.
These workers will be job seekers who could be receiving a benefit, or they could be students, or workers displaced from their jobs because of the emergency event – such as farm or factory workers.
North Island flooding
Enhanced Taskforce Green has been made available in:
- Tairāwhiti, and
Farmers, growers and communities can register for help with clean-up by calling 0800 787 254
Job seekers available to help with the clean-up can register by emailing Partnerships_and_Programmes@workandincome.govt.nz or by calling 0800 559 009
What costs will be covered by ETFG
ETFG assistance may cover the costs of:
- wages for workers
- wages for supervisors
- the purchase of personal safety gear
- the hire of light equipment (not including heavy machinery hire) and transport, eg:
- four-wheel-drive vehicles
- a start-up grant for local authorities to assist with administration costs.
Work and Income's role in ETFG
Work and Income is responsible for the following:
- liaising with affected councils and the Ministry for Primary Industries
- ensuring the ETFG funding proposal fits with the work programme
- processing applications
- identifying suitable workers
- providing identified workers with financial assistance (including Working for Families Assistance information)
- monitoring and tracking expenditure.
A council's role within ETFG
A council needs to complete the required application forms, submit them to Work and Income and then:
- organise Site Safe Certificate training for each ETFG worker
- paying ETFG workers and supervisors
- purchase and/or hire safety gear and equipment, including:
- hi-visibility vests
- protective eye wear
- wet weather gear
- oversee the day-to-day management of the work programme.
Relevant programme costs will be covered by an upfront lump sum payment by way of a contract with the MInistry of Social Development.
Each ETFG work crew will be accompanied by a supervisor. Crews will assist with clean-up activities, eg:
- fence clearance and repair
- tree and debris removal on:
ETFG crew workers are paid the adult minimum hourly wage for a 40 hour week. ETFG supervisors are paid at a higher hourly rate.
Anyone who expresses concerns regarding the conduct of ETFG workers should be directed to their relevant council for resolution as the council is the employer.