In this month’s issue:
- Families Package – Keeping Warm!
- Did you know?
- International Women’s Day
- Hot interest rate – 12 months at 3.70 %
The new Families Package announced by the Government in December includes a Winter Energy Payment.
From 1 July 2018, a Winter Energy Payment will be available to help with the cost of heating homes during the winter.
You don’t need to do anything to get this payment – if you qualify, it’ll be paid to you automatically.
Who can get it?
You can get the Winter Energy Payment if you’re getting either:
- New Zealand Superannuation
- Veteran’s Pension
- Jobseeker Support
- Sole Parent Support
- Supported Living Payment
- Youth Payment
- Young Parent Payment
- Emergency Benefit
What you can get:
- $20.45 a week if you’re single with no dependent children
- $31.81 a week if you have a partner or dependent children
The Winter Energy Payment will be paid from 1 July to 30 September 2018. From 2019, it will be paid from 1 May to 1 October.
If you leave New Zealand while this payment is being made (and you’re still getting your benefit or NZ Super payment) your Winter Energy Payment will continue for the first 4 weeks you’re out of the country, but will stop from the beginning of the 5th week. If you’re back in New Zealand before the Winter Energy Payment ends (i.e. 30 September 2018), you will need to contact Work and Income about restarting it.
If you would like more information on the Winter Energy Package, including the other benefits available in the “Families Package”, please visit the Work and Income website www.workandincome.govt.nz
Did you know?
What’s your most valuable asset?
If you put aside intangibles like family, happiness and health, most people will list high-value items such as their home. But for most people, their income over a lifetime will be three or four times the value of an average property!
Of course we don’t think twice about insuring our car, house and its contents, etc., yet we often neglect to insure our most important asset – our income.
In the 12 months to June 2017, one Auckland-based insurance company alone paid out over $339 million in claims for life, trauma, mortgage protector and income protection.
Whatever your profession – whether you’re employed, a business owner or a homemaker, it’s important to have protection in place that will work for you…..when you’re not able to.
That’s where LIFE-TIME Financial Group come in……we’re here to make sure you have the right type of insurance and the right level of cover to ensure that you and your family are well protected should the unforeseen happen.
Give us a bell on 0800 LIFE-TIME / 09 418 5000 to find out more
International Women’s Day
After the Socialist Party of America organised a Women’s Day on 28 February 1909 in New York, it was suggested that a “Women’s Day” be held annually and so it still continues today.
Each year around the word, International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March. Thousands of events occur not just on this day, but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
For the past year, the US Magazine “Success” has interviewed many successful women, including athletes, authors, scientists, etc. Each woman has a different story, but perhaps unsurprisingly they have traits and characteristics in common. Here are 15 things 49 successful women have in common:-
- They play to their strengths.
- They have ambition.
- They stay positive.
- They’re organised.
- They’re constantly learning.
- They have a strong support system.
- They know failure and success go together.
- They remain grateful.
- They work hard and persistently.
- The don’t sweat the small stuff.
- They choose their battles wisely.
In 1983 New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections…..New Zealand’s world leadership in women’s suffrage became a central part of our image as trail-blazers!
Hot Interest Rate – 12 Months at 3.7%
If you are looking for somewhere for a short-term savings opportunity, we can offer some of the best rates on the market.
Give us a call on 0800 LIFETIME / 09 418 5000