Benefits - People receiving benefits by main type, characteristic and Region 2013 Q3–2018 Q2

Ministry of Social Development


Working age: Working-age clients are aged 18-64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.In some cases benefits may be received by individuals outside of 'working age' (i.e. 18-64 years). Examples of this include individuals being eligible for a benefit from a younger age, or people over 65 years receiving the Emergency Benefit due to residency issues impacting on their eligibility for superannuation.
Ethnicity: Ethnicity data is self-identified and multiple ethnicities may be chosen by an individual as fits their preference or self-concept. Multiple selected ethnicities are then prioritised into a hierarchy. The Māori ethnicity has the highest priority in this hierarchy, followed by Pacific peoples. NZ European has the lowest priority.
Continuous duration: The length of time the client has continuously been receiving any main benefit.
Other main benefits: includes the remaining benefit categories such as Emergency Benefit and working-age Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment (YP/YPP).

For more information


This dataset excludes non-working age people who receive a benefit.

Data provided by

Ministry of Social Development

Dataset name

Benefit Fact Sheets: Regional Councils data tables June 2018


How to find the data

At URL provided, under Excel Tables, select 'Regional Councils data tables - June 2018'

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Benefit Fact Sheets: Regional Councils data tables June 2018

From the dataset Benefit Fact Sheets: Regional Councils data tables June 2018, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Regional Councils
  • Range: D1:W2081
  • Provided: 26,180 data points

Dataset originally released on:

July 20, 2018

About this dataset

The Benefit Fact Sheets provide a high-level view of trends in benefit receipt.