Under the provisions of the Agreement, contributions paid in New Zealand can be used to satisfy the PRSI conditions for Irish payments.
However, you must have a minimum amount of Irish PRSI contributions to be eligible to combine New Zealand and Irish Social Security contributions.
In the case of State Pension (Contributory), State Pension (Transition), Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension and Invalidity Pension, you will need to have worked in Ireland and have a minimum of 52 Irish contributions paid or credited and you satisfy the minimum New Zealand residence conditions.
Once these conditions are satisfied a formula ( see below) is used in order to establish the rate payable for:
- State Pension (Contributory),
- State Pension (Transition),
- Invalidity Pension, and
- Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension.
Formula for calculating pension where Irish and New Zealand contributions are involved.
Total number of Irish contributions
Amount of pension due if all the contributions were made in Ireland
and then divide by
Total combined contributions in Ireland and New Zealand.
The social insurance conditions vary slightly depending on the other country or countries involved.
The following is an example of how we work out a pension if you have social insurance paid in Ireland and you have worked or resided in New Zealand. Each calendar week or part thereof of reckonable New Zealand residence shall be deemed to be a qualifying contribution in Ireland.
You have 280 Irish and 560 New Zealand contributions over 35 years from the date you started insurable employment up to the end of the tax year before you reach pension age.
We work out the ‘notional’ pension that you would get if your contributions, both Irish and New Zealand were Irish contributions. To do this, we add together the Irish and New Zealand contributions and then we divide the total by the number of years to get the yearly average number of contributions.
280 Irish + 560 New Zealand 840
840 ÷ 35 years 24
A yearly average of 24 Irish contributions would give a
weekly personal pension of €225.80 ( see note 1) (notional amount).
Note 1: State Pension rates as at January 2011
We multiply the notional pension by the number of Irish contributions and divide the answer by the total number of contributions. This gives the pro-rata pension payment.
€225.80 x 280/840 = €75.27
If you qualify to receive an Increase for a Qualified Adult (IQA) with your Irish pension, we multiply the notional amount, including the IQA, by the number of Irish contributions and divide the answer by the total number of contributions.
Personal amount plus Increase for a Qualified Adult under 66
€379.30 x 280/840 = €126.43
These figures are based on State Pension rates as at January 2011.
Guardian’s Payment (Contributory), Bereavement Grant
Once entitlement to a Guardian’s Payment (Contributory) or Bereavement Grant has been established either by virtue of Irish contributions alone or by a combination of Irish and New Zealand, the full appropriate rate is payable.
New Zealand Payments
Any enquiries on New Zealand Payments should be directed to their Ministry of Social Development. Contact details are in Section 11.