Guide to eligibility for publicly funded health and disability services.
Pregnant partners of:
- New Zealand citizens
- New Zealand resident visa (including residence permit) and permanent resident visa holders
- Australian citizens or permanent residents who have or intend to live in New Zealand for two years or longer
- refugees, or people whose application to become a refugee has been accepted by Immigration NZ, or people who are in the process of having an appeal for refugee status determined by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal
- people with protection status, people applying to Immigration NZ for protection status or people appealing against refusal of protection status
- children aged under 18 who are in the care and control of a parent or guardian (or a person in the process of legally adopting them or becoming their legal guardian) and that person is:
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, OR
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident who has been living, or who intends to live, in New Zealand for two years or longer, OR
- a Work Visa holder whose visa is for two years or more, or who has a current work visa which, together with previous visas, allows them to be continuously in New Zealand for two years or more (work visas start on the person’s first day in New Zealand)
- Work Visa holders whose visa is for two years or more, or who have a current work visa which, together with previous visas, allows them to be continuously in New Zealand for two years or more (work visas start on the person’s first day in New Zealand)
who are not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services in their own right, are eligible for the same maternity-related services as New Zealand citizens.
Maternity-related services include all services included in the section 88 Maternity Notice, and any other treatment for a condition determined by a clinician that would adversely impact on the survival of the mother or the baby.
Criteria: B21, Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011.
The pregnant wife or partner of an eligible person.
If you don't know if your partner is eligible for publicly funded health and disability services, go back to the beginning of this Guide to eligibility.
Proof of eligibility:
You will need to show your health service provider:
- your partner's proof of eligibility e.g. a valid New Zealand Passport, Passport with a current Work Visa AND
- proof of being the wife or partner of an eligible person
Examples of proof include:
- a partner’s Passport AND a marriage or civil union certificate OR
- a Visa or Permit granted by Immigration New Zealand on the basis of the relationship OR
- a statutory declaration from both partners, detailing how they meet the definition of “de-facto partner”.