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On 25 May 2020, the Government announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, to adjust and find new employment or to retrain in a different area.

This payment will be available for 12 weeks from 8 June, to anyone who has lost their job due to the impact of COVID-19 since March 1st. It will pay $490 per week to those who lost full-time work and $250 per week for those who lost part-time work.

This payment will not be taxed.

The scheme is administered by Work and Income. More information on the scheme and how to apply is available on their website.

Work and Income - Income Relief Payment