A doubling of the Government's winter energy payment is being welcomed as huge relief by pensioners.
The boost comes as colder temperatures coincide with increased financial pressure for many amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than one million Kiwis on lower incomes will be eligible to receive the emergency payment, which will last 22 weeks from May 1 to October 1.
Couples and people with dependent children will now get $63.64 a week while those living alone will get $40.91.
New Zealand First has also welcomed the boost in the winter energy payments.
"At a time when people are required to spend more time at home consuming more power, this direct payment takes the fear of the electricity bill away for our most vulnerable," said Fletcher Tabuteau, the party's deputy leader and spokesperson for energy.
“New Zealand First has long advocated for more affordable electricity for all consumers, especially for our senior citizens and those on low incomes," he added.
The full list of who is eligible to receive the winter energy payment can be found here.