The New Zealand Maori Council has welcomed the doubling of the winter energy payment calling it another pillar of support for the nations most vulnerable:
"The news that the payment has been doubled is a great show of support for New Zealanders who are doing it tough - we are moving into the winter season and the last thing we want to see is whanau making a decision to not keep warm because of bill creepage. We also know that the number of New Zealanders strugglging with keeping up with the cost of living has increased in the thousands - every little bit helps." Said Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the Council.
Tukaki also thanked Winston Peters for New Zealand Firsts continued support of the vulnerable:
"Winston has been on this path with our elders for a long time and its good to see we still maintain that focus through the Coalition." Tukaki said
“New Zealand First is pleased over one million Kiwis on lower incomes will be given some reprieve as we head into the colder months by way of the Government’s Winter Energy Payment boost,” says Deputy Leader for New Zealand First and Spokesperson for Energy, Fletcher Tabuteau.
“It is great news the Winter Energy Payment for 2020 which runs 22 weeks from May 1 to October 1, has been doubled meaning eligible couples and people with dependent children are set to get $63.64 a week and single people $40.91 a week,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.
“At a time when people are required to spend more time at home consuming more power, this direct payment takes the fear of the electricity bill away for our most vulnerable.”
“New Zealand First has long advocated for more affordable electricity for all consumers, especially for our senior citizens and those on low incomes.
“The Winter Energy Payment is an effective method in which the Government is able put cash directly into the hands of those who most need it,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.
For more information see https://www.ird.govt.nz/covid-19/individuals-and-families/winter-energy-payment