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

02 July 2015

It’s not OK have released a new package of resources to help hairdressers and beauticians respond to clients affected by violence at home.

29 June 2015

This initiative aims to reduce pressure on the social housing register and on social and emergency housing in areas of high housing demand.

21 June 2015

Information about financial and other assistance you may qualify for if affected by the June 2015 flooding (Work and Income website).

18 June 2015

The Government is inviting potential market participants to participate in a market feedback and information process for the transfer of Housing NZ properties to community housing providers.

16 June 2015

The Ministry has today released a closed Request for Proposal (RFP) for around 300 additional social housing tenancies in Auckland.

04 June 2015

The ‘Measuring and monitoring material hardship for NZ children’ report provides detail of the MSD research and analysis that contributed to the policy development process for the Child Hardship package in Budget 2015.

04 June 2015

Social Development Minister Hon Anne Tolley launches the Community Investment Strategy.

04 June 2015

The strategy provides clarity about the priorities for funding of social services for vulnerable New Zealanders for the next three years. It also explains how the Ministry of Social Development will manage this investment in communities.

03 June 2015

More comprehensive information around current demand for social housing, using data in the social housing register is now available for housing providers.

27 May 2015

Are you an older carer or the carer of an older person? We want your feedback to help us identify the information resources that will be useful to you in your caring role.

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