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

24 November 2016

Minister Tolley has released a discussion document asking for public feedback on proposed changes to existing information sharing agreements between Inland Revenue and MSD. Find out more information and how to make a submission. 

23 November 2016

Ministers’ announce new social housing complex in partnership with local iwi in Auckland on Crown land.

22 November 2016

The Government has announced that the proposal to transfer the ownership and management of Housing New Zealand properties in Horowhenua will not proceed at this time.

22 November 2016

Support available to individuals and businesses while you manage the impact of the earthquakes. Find out what support is available.

21 November 2016

Work and Income found there was an error in some people’s Accommodation Supplement payments. Some people were overpaid, and others were underpaid.

16 November 2016

Latest info on sites that are closed due to earthquake damage

03 November 2016

Consultation with Ministry staff begins on the proposed organisational structures for both MSD and the new children’s agency.

28 October 2016

Taking children into care is always a last resort - We expect anyone with concerns about the safety of a child to contact Child, Youth and Family or the Police immediately.

28 October 2016

The 2014/2015 Annual Report has been released.

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