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

22 September 2017

The Ministry for Social Development is challenging the Social Security Appeal Authority’s interlocutory decision and has today lodged an appeal.

21 September 2017

In response to an interlocutory decision of the New Zealand Social Security Appeal Authority about the Ministry's position on the use of pseudonyms by staff dealing with our most volatile clients.

15 September 2017

Completion of an investigation assessing whether there was any indication that an MSD employee may have been the source of information regarding Mr Winston Peters' Superannuation payments.

01 September 2017

This year’s Statement of Intent (SoI) is the first we have published since the establishment of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. It reflects our new role and our move towards a new strategic direction, which we will finalise next year.

30 August 2017

MSD statement now online

30 August 2017

The 2017/18 Social Housing Investment Strategy is MSD’s first investment strategy for social housing and is an integral part of implementing an investment approach in this area.

14 August 2017

The Government has announced details of the $100 million social investment fund for mental health, which includes two housing initiatives.

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