We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • social housing assistance.

What's new

25 July 2017

This edition updates last year’s report through to June 2016.

The Government has this week approved $55.8 million of funding over five years to deliver pay equity and more training for approximately 1,678 vocational and disability support workers contracted by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki (MVCOT).

03 July 2017

On 1 July, a revised Social Security Agreement between New Zealand and Australia came into force. This is to keep up to date with law changes and terminology, and address some anomalies that existed.

30 June 2017

The Minister for Seniors, Maggie Barry, says a new elder abuse intervention service which starts 1 July 2017 help keep older New Zealanders safe.

28 June 2017

The baseline 2015 Social Housing Valuation (SHV) Report of the Social Housing system is now available for you to read online. 

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