We help New Zealanders 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
  • public housing assistance.

What's new

19 July 2018

277,410 working age people are in receipt of a main benefit as at the end of June 2018. This is more than a year ago, but despite this increase, benefit numbers as a proportion of the working age population decreased relative to June 2017.

12 July 2018

Hon Carmel Sepuloni recently announced the establishment of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group. You can read the Cabinet papers here.

03 July 2018

Sole Parent Employment Service and Mental Health Employment Service trials evaluation.

03 July 2018

Funding for policy-relevant social research using Growing Up in New Zealand data is now available.

08 June 2018

The new Ministry will be established from 1 August and officially operating from 1 October 2018.

07 June 2018

This study was commissioned to add to the evidence about the Kickstart Breakfasts programme, and provide quantitative assessment of its impact on students’ health outcomes.

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