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6048-Browsing_Abroad_1_1 06 Jul 2007 5:36pm #13
offline bobbity

Member since 14 Sep 2006

Member from Glenfield

Posts: 5593

Hi sapphired..welcome to the discussions..nice to see you.
I thought it was 50 per week, but maybe they changed it.
i think you also have to send a quote at the same time as the D'sr note

10379-onsantasknee 06 Jul 2007 8:17pm #14
offline Chris21-4

Member since 09 Dec 2006

Member from Te Awamutu

Posts: 4491

Blinky, one thing I learnt when dealing with winz, if you feel that the person you are dealing with is ineffective or difficult, and some, but definitely not all, are, ask their name and then ask to speak to someonwe higher up. And keep doing this, sooner or later you will get what you are entitled to. And don't take any nonsense. When I was busdriving, I had a year off on doctors orders with eyetrouble (retina detachment ), When I started back to work they put me on parttime for a while and I had a winz top up. My casemanager once told me she had a fulltime job for me. Only trouble was, it was only 2 months. So I told her I wasn't giving up a permanent parttime job (which was going to become fulltime again, and did) for a temporary fulltime one. She told me she did not feel comfortable with that, and I told her she wasn't paid to be comfortable, she was paid to do the best for her clients She saw my point eventually, and we got on ok after that

15383-Di_Good__2_ 07 Jul 2007 11:11am #15
offline sapphire

Member since 06 Jul 2007

Member from Papamoa Beach

Posts: 63

You are right bobbity , the maximum disability allowance per week is $52.38.

8171-IMG_1754a 07 Jul 2007 11:37am #16
away Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 10908

Although we get the disability allowance, I didn't know there was a limit. How is one meant to survive if one has to have some really expensive drug to survive? Do they just starve instead?

15383-Di_Good__2_ 07 Jul 2007 4:14pm #17
offline sapphire

Member since 06 Jul 2007

Member from Papamoa Beach

Posts: 63

I believe winz can top up a disability allowance with a special benefit, it does not cover the whole cost though only a percentage of the over and above $52.38 per week.
I agree that some drugs are expensive I have a daughter on a benefit and some of her prescription drugs are not subsidized even with everything winz can give her, her chemist tries to get them paid for by the hospital I think.

11801-flower_teddy 08 Jul 2007 4:17pm #18
offline booklover

Member since 08 Feb 2007

Member from Hastings

Posts: 581

If you on a benefit/disability all. and you need expensive meds Dr. can apply to the health dept. for this.

8171-IMG_1754a 08 Jul 2007 8:52pm #19
away Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 10908

sapphire03 & booklover, That's good to hear.One of the major problems with WINZ (depending on who your case manager is) is that they don't always give you ALL the information unless you specifically ask for it. I remember a couple of years ago I had a friend that worked for "Workbridge" she had an enquiry from an ex gang member with a disability, as you can imagine he looked a fairly rough character. She asked him if WINZ had arranged I think it was 3 different programs or benefits he was entitled to as of right. He hadn't heard of any of them, so she took him back to WINZ herself and told the case worker. You will do this & this & this for this man NOW. I understand that the man is now a skilled worker earning a good income.

She told us that when you have an interview at WINZ when you finish one last question you should ask is "Is there anything else I am entitled to?" If they don't answer correctly it is their job that goes on the line.

Blank 08 Jul 2007 10:14pm #20
offline Twiggy

Member since 08 Nov 2006

Member from Onehunga

Posts: 117

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Blank 08 Jul 2007 10:19pm #21
offline Twiggy

Member since 08 Nov 2006

Member from Onehunga

Posts: 117

Post deleted at 10 Jul 2007 10:42am by Twiggy

8171-IMG_1754a 08 Jul 2007 10:33pm #22
away Bryan

Member since 28 Oct 2006

Member from Eltham

Posts: 10908

I think it disgusting that where there is one drug that will do the job that you have to either go without or beg for help to pay for them. One of the drugs I am on is more expensive that the Pharmac approved list but my doctor has got me an exception because I am on a high dose and it is now funded. If I have to get prescriptions filled elsewhere they have to contact my normal chemist to get the approval number. If you need this expensive drug they should have to fund it for you in some way either from WINZ or the DHB.

Blank 09 Jul 2007 10:39am #23
offline Twiggy

Member since 08 Nov 2006

Member from Onehunga

Posts: 117

Post deleted at 10 Jul 2007 10:42am by Twiggy

Blank 13 Oct 2008 3:47pm #24
offline kursk

Member since 13 Oct 2008

Member from

Posts: 2

hi um i am returning home to nz my benefit has stopped can anyone tell me if im able to reapplie for the dpb again?


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