NZ citizens (including Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau)

Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.

Eligibility:

A New Zealand citizen (a person who has New Zealand citizenship under the Citizenship Act 1977 or the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982) is eligible for publicly funded health and disability services.

Criteria: B2, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011

Proof of eligibility:

You will need to show your health service provider:

  • your New Zealand passport OR
  • your New Zealand Birth Certificate (or Cook Island, Niue or Tokelau birth certificate) AND two forms of proof that you are the person on the birth certificate OR
  • your New Zealand Certificate of Citizenship AND two forms of supporting identity documentation – one needs to have a photograph of you OR
  • your Descent Registration Certificate AND two forms of supporting identity documentation – one needs to have a photograph of you OR
  • evidence you are currently getting a social security benefit (except emergency benefit) AND  two forms of supporting identity documentation – one needs to have a photograph of you. 

Examples of identity documents include:

  • a driver licence
  • an 18+ card
  • an employment contract, a rental agreement, or
  • letters addressed to you at your current address.

The following cards may also be used for proof of identity (but not proof of eligibility)

  • a Community Services Card or SuperGold Card
  • a school/tertiary ID card

Requirements for these documents are waived for children. 

Note: Time spent overseas does not affect New Zealand citizens' eligibility.  However, if only temporarily in New Zealand, they may not meet the requirements for primary health organisation enrolment. 

Children aged 17 years or younger, in the care and control of a parent or guardian who is a New Zealand citizen, are eligible for the same publicly funded health and disability services as their parent or guardian. Children aged 17 years or younger, in the care and control of a person applying to legally adopt them, or become their legal guardian, are also eligible.

Except for maternity services, partners of people eligible for publicly funded health and disability services must themselves meet the eligibility criteria.

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