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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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The following persons may claim pensions as dependants of a disablement pensioner: (a) his wife; (b) his child or children; (c) his parents; (d) any other member of his family who might reasonably have expected to enjoy some actual pecuniary benefit if the pensioner had not suffered disablement; (e) a woman who, although not legally married to him, is living with him on a permanent domestic basis and is wholly or partially dependent on him.

The pension granted to a wife or in respect of children is ordinarily at a rate proportionate to the disablement pension payable to the husband, except that where an economic pension is granted, the maximum rate for a wife or children may be authorised. In the case of a parent, a pension may be granted regardless of pre-service dependency if the parent is deemed not to have adequate means of support. In dealing with any claim by a dependant, the financial circumstances and the present ability of the disablement pensioner to support the claimant, must be taken into account except that this does not apply to claims for pensions by a wife or child where the disablement pension is on account of total blindness.

A child's pension may be continued beyond the age of 16 years if it is suffering from any physical or mental infirmity or is continuing its education.