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

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • care and protection of vulnerable children and young people
  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • social policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • social housing assessments.

What's new

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has announced that MSD has secured contracts with over 30 providers for around 760 emergency housing places throughout New Zealand at any one time.

19 September 2016

The Government will redevelop 300 existing Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties into about 1200 new homes in Northcote, Ministers Bill English and Dr Nick Smith have announced.

19 September 2016

The Ministry is now making offers to nearly 270 claimants who were represented and had made claims by the end of December 2014. If you are a legally represented claimant and have any questions about this process, you should contact your solicitor in the first instance.

16 September 2016

An updated version of A Guide for Carers is now available online.

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