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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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Pensions for Dependants of Deceased Members

Widows: Grounds for Pension:

  1. Death of husband occurred while on service as a member of Her Majesty's Forces in any war or emergency.

  2. Death was attributable to service in New Zealand or overseas.

  3. The condition that resulted in death was aggravated by service in New Zealand or overseas; or

  4. The husband was in receipt of a permanent pension in respect of not less than 70 per cent of the rate for total disablement at the time of his death. This provision also applies where the deceased, although not in receipt of a permanent pension of not less than 70 per cent, could, in the opinion of the War Pensions Board, have been granted such a pension had he not died.

Weekly Rate
Rates of Pension: £ s. d.
Basic pension* 3 17 6
Additional mother's allowance:
Widow with one child 3 11 0
Widow with two children 4 1 0
Widow with three children 4 11 0
Widow with four children 5 1 0
Widow with five children 5 11 0
Widow with six or more children 6 1 0

*Ranges from £3 17s. 6d. a week for all ranks up to lieutenant-colonel (Army) and equivalent in other services, and for members of mercantile marine and of Emergency Reserve corps; £3 18s. a week for colonel and equivalent to £4 a week for brigadier or upwards and equivalent in other services.

The basic widow's pension may be supplemented by an economic pension, in determining the rate of which no account is taken of up to £4 a week of the applicant's income. In the case of a widow supporting a dependent child or children, income up to £6 a week is disregarded. In addition, earnings up to 30s. a week from domestic or nursing employment in a private home, hospital, home for the care of the aged, or other approved institution may be disregarded, and no account is taken of up to 20s. a week received as sick benefit from a friendly society or as a like benefit from any other source.

Children. A child, both of whose parents are dead, or, alternatively, not under the control of its mother: £3 3s. 6d. a week.

Other Dependants. The pension payable to any other dependant cannot exceed the amount payable to a widow without children, i.e., £3 17s. 6d. a week. The income and property of the dependant are taken into account in determining the amount of pension payable. A widowed mother, wholly dependent on a deceased member or the mother of two or more sons, being deceased members of the forces, may be granted a supplementary economic pension of up to £5 6s. a week, or, if partially dependent, up to £4 3s. 6d.

Persons Other than Dependants. The guardian of a child or children of a deceased member may be granted an allowance of up to £4 16s. a week.