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What is Best Start?

Best Start helps families with the costs of caring for young children. It is a weekly payment for all families with a child under 1 due or born on or after 1 July 2018.

The first year of Best Start is not income-tested so anyone in New Zealand with a new baby can get the payment as long as they meet the criteria.

For the first year the payment is always $60 a week. It is paid into the bank account of the principal caregiver. After the first year, we check if you can still get payments based on your income and family situation.