When charities can provide housing

When Charities can Provide Housing

Providing housing can be charitable, but it needs to be connected to a charitable purpose. What does this mean? Charitable purposes must have a public benefit and not just create private benefits for people who aren’t in need. Case law says that housing is a basic need and right, but home ownership itself is not.

Many amazing registered charities achieve their purposes, like relieving poverty or regenerating urban or rural areas, by providing a variety of housing options throughout Aotearoa.

Cost of Living Payment

The Cost of Living Payment is a payment to help with the rising costs of inflation for eligible individuals.  The payment will be paid by Inland Revenue (IR). The total Cost of Living Payment is $350, which will be split into 3 monthly payments starting 1 August.

For most people the 3 main payment dates are:

  • 1 August 2022
  • 1 September 2022
  • 3 October (the first business day of the month).

In some situations you may


2021 Adjustment to the Square Metre Rate

2021 Adjustment to the Square Metre Rate

The square metre rate for the 2021 income year (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) is set at $44.75. The amount reflects the June 2019 Household Economic Survey utility costs information sourced from Statistics New Zealand and the annual movement of the Consumers Price Index for the 12 months to March 2020 and 2021, which showed an increase of 2.5% and 1.5% respectively.

Source: 2021 adjustment to the square metre rate, Inland Revenue