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Pension Matters

War Pension Services

Most of the services provided by War Pension Services are now carried out by Veterans' Affairs, however Work and Income still administer Veteran's Pension.

For Veteran's Pension and any associated extra help such as Disability Allowance and Accommodation Supplement, please contact our Veteran's Pension Centre.

For Disablement Pension, service-related allowances or grants, and Surviving Spouse or Partner Pension, please contact Veterans' Affairs.

Phone: 0800 483 8372 (NZ); +64 4 495 2070 (overseas)

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Website: www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz



Veteran's Pension Centre

For Veteran's Pension and any extra help with living and housing expenses, please contact the Veteran's Pension Centre.

Phone   0800 650 656

Mail      Veteran's Pension Centre, PO Box 5515, Wellington 6145

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War Disablement Pension

The War Disablement Pension is a payment to compensate for a Qualifying Service related condition.

The War Disablement Pension was granted under the War Pensions Act 1954. It can no longer be granted as it was replaced by the Disablement Pension with the introduction of the Veterans' Support Act 2014.

If you were granted a War Disablement Pension before the change occurred you're able to retain it. You don't have to change to the Disablement Pension if you don't want to.

Access the Veterans Affairs website for more information  https://www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz/a-z/war-disablement-pension/


In order to speed up the resolution of War Disablement Pension claims, presumptive lists of accepted disabilities have been introduced. These lists allow for the automatic acceptance of certain disabilities for a War Disablement Pension if the applicant has served in certain theatres. They are based on medical and scientific research which indicates that if a veteran of one of these theatres is suffering from one of the disabilities on the presumtive list for that theatre, it is likely that the disability is attributable to the veteran's service. If the applicant has been diagnosed as having one of the disabilities which correspond with his/her theatre of service, this disability will be accepted automatically as attributable to his/her service.


Viet Nam Presumptive List

  • Those who served in Viet Nam

    If you served in Viet Nam between 29 May 1964 and March 1975 we'll automatically accept as service-related:

    • AL-type primary amyloidosis
    • chloracne
    • type 2 diabetes
    • Ischaemic Heart Disease
    • hodgkin’s disease
    • hypertension
    • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
    • chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, including hairy-cell leukaemia and other chronic B–Cell leukaemia’s
    • multiple myeloma
    • acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • porphyria cutanea tarda
    • prostate cancer
    • respiratory cancers in the lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea.
    • soft-tissue sarcoma
    • stroke.

Previously Declined Claims
A veteran with one of the presumptive disabilities who has previously had his/her application for a War Disablement Pension declined as not attributable to service is entitled to apply to have their claim reopened on the basis of the introduction of the presumptive lists.

Medical confirmation that the applicant is suffering from the disability on the presumptive list must accompany an application for reopening.



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