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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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1. Obtain a War Disablement Pension Application Form from:
---War Pensions Services
---RSA Welfare Officer
---NZVVA Pension Network Volunteer

2. Complete the form with:
---Personal details
---Service details*
---Details of disability claimed
---Details of bank account to which payments to be made

3. Take the form to General Practitioner for completion. Note the GP's role is to verify the existence of the disabilty NOT to judge its attributability to military service.

4. Submit completed form to War Pensions Services or to your local WINZ, together with two forms of certified identification, one of which must be your Birth Certificate or a current passport. Copies of originals can be certified by a JP, a Solicitor, or a WINZ staff member.

*Note: Vets are entitled to copies of their military service and medical records. These can be obtained by writing to:

a. Service Records: Personnel Enquiry Section
--------------------Trentham Camp
--------------------P.O.Box 905
--------------------Upper Hutt

b. Medical Records: Army health Service
---------------------Land Command
---------------------P.O.Box 900
---------------------Upper Hutt



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

If you served in Viet Nam between 29 May 1964 and 31 December 1972, with 41 Squadron between 1 January 1973 and 21 April 1975, or were a member of the civilian surgical team at the Qui Nhon Provincial State Hospital Viet Nam from December 1963 until March 1975, the following injuries, illnesses and conditions are presumed to be service-related:

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (including hairy-cell leukaemia and other chronic B –Cell leukaemia’s)
  • Soft-tissue sarcoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Chloracne
  • Porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Respiratory cancers (lung, bronchus, larynx, trachea)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • AL-type primary amyloidosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Ischaemic Heart Disease
  • 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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