New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom

Social Security Agreement between NZ and UK

The United Kingdom and New Zealand are signatories to a bilateral Social Security Agreement that includes both benefits and pensions. You may be entitled to these if you are a New Zealand citizen in the United Kingdom or a British citizen in New Zealand.

Retirement Pensions

When you reside in the United Kingdom, you can not be paid New Zealand Superannuation: these payments stop from the day after you leave New Zealand.

However, you may qualify for United Kingdom benefits or pensions under the social security agreement. Your entitlement to a New Zealand benefit or pension or your New Zealand residence can help you meet the residential/contribution criteria for United Kingdom benefits and pensions.

If you did not receive New Zealand Superannuation before leaving New Zealand and you would like the period of your New Zealand residence to be taken into account when applying for a United Kingdom benefit or pension, you will need to provide evidence of that time.

Further information can be found on the Work and Income New Zealand website.


If you are receiving income support in New Zealand and are moving to the United Kingdom you need to contact Work and Income six weeks before you leave.

You can not take your payments with you, but you may be able to get payments from the Department for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom. You’ll need to show evidence of your time in New Zealand, and you must apply when you get there.
Further information can be found at Work and Income, Going to the United Kingdom.

Authorities to contact 

United Kingdom

Further information about the agreement between the UK and New Zealand can be found through the Department for Work and Pensions website.

DirectGov has information on UK state pensions for Britons living abroad.

The International Pension Centre deals with all enquiries regarding the payment of state pension, including benefits for those living abroad:
International Pension Centre
Tyneview Park
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE98 1BA
United Kingdom
Tel: 0191 218 7777
Fax: 0191 218 7021

New Zealand

Work and Income produces a guide produces a guide for people living in the United Kingdom regarding the social services and pension agreements. 

For general enquiries please contact:

International Services

Work and Income
Ministry of Social Development
PO Box 27-178
Wellington 6141
Ph:   + 64 4 978 1180

Fax: + 64 4 918 0159

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