The majority of New Zealanders on a benefit will not be $20 better off a week, despite a boost to main benefits, TVNZ reports. To help vulnerable New Zealanders put food on the table and pay their power bills, the government lifted all main benefits by $20 starting July 1st. However, it is estimated that 193,000 individuals and families will receive less than $20 per week, while 178,000 people will receive an increase of $20 or a little bit more.