Kaumātua grants are available to registered Ngāi Tahu 65 years of age and over. Paid annually in November, the amount was:
Kaumātua grants are usually paid by direct credit, however we can pay them by cheque or transfer it into your Whai Rawa account, if you have one. Whai Rawa are unable to arrange a koha/gift of your kaumātua grant to a relation; this will need to be administered by the grant recipient.
Because Kaumātua grants are classed as a charitable donation, there is no income tax liability. Kaumātua grants may however, be taken into consideration by WINZ for rest home subsidy calculations.
In September each year, letters are sent to all kaumātua on the Ngāi Tahu database who are or will be aged 65 before 31st December of that year. The purpose of these letters is to check that we have the correct bank details to pay the grant into.
If you are registered with Ngāi Tahu, aged 65 or over and you do not receive a letter from us by the end of September, please ring the Contact Centre on 0800 942 472 to check that we have your up-to-date address.