This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order, which comes into force on 1 November 2007, amends the Social Welfare (Reciprocity with the Netherlands) Order 2003 (the principal order).
By way of background, the principal order contains and gives effect to an agreement relating to social welfare reciprocity between the Government of New Zealand ( New Zealand) and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Netherlands) made on 30 June 2000 (the agreement).
This order amends the principal order to give effect to alterations to the agreement that were proposed by the Netherlands on 11 July 2007 and accepted by New Zealand on 18 July 2007. The alterations to the agreement are set out in new Schedule 4 of the principal order (clause 5 and the Schedule refer).
The alterations to the agreement—
•clarify that a holiday allowance as defined in Article 28 of the Netherlands General Old Age Pensions Act is not directly deductible from New Zealand benefits under New Zealand social security laws; and
•remove certain entitlements to a supplementary benefit (under the Netherlands Supplementary Benefits Act of 6 November 1986). (Those affected by this change are New Zealand residents who would, if resident in the Netherlands, be entitled to receive a Netherlands sickness benefit or invalidity benefit.)