From 1 July 2018 the new Winter Energy Payment will be paid to seniors and people on a benefit to help with the cost of heating homes during winter.
The offer is voluntary and helps reduce the cost of moving for people and families. Up to $5,000 towards the cost of moving is being offered as well as a payment of either $2,000 (if moving to social housing) or $3,000 if moving to private accommodation).
If you ask people what Christmas and the holiday season is really about, most will say relaxing and spending time with family – not spending loads of money.
So dodge the debt this year by staying away from the shops and reminding yourself that you and your family need a happy, debt-free summer.
It’s worth looking at www.whatsmynumber.org.nz to compare the different options available. You could save more than a $100 each year. If you don’t have access to the internet, ask your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check your options for you.