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About MSD

Our Ministry is all about helping to build successful individuals, and in turn building strong, healthy families and communities.

It’s a big job - we’re tackling some of the big issues in society, like family violence and youth offending.

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.

This is not work we do alone.  We work closely with other government agencies, non-government organisations, advisory and industry groups, and communities and iwi.  Together we aim to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of New Zealanders.

Statement of Intent 2014–2018

This Statement of Intent sets out the Ministry of Social Development’s strategic intentions over the next four years. It outlines our key priorities to help New Zealanders help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.

The Statement of Intent is published in accordance with section 39 of the Public Finance Act 1989.

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Find out about working here  

We’re always looking out for talented, energetic, creative and dedicated people who want to make a difference.

About our organisation

We’re structured to provide the best service possible to New Zealanders in need.

From protection services for children and young people to discounts for older people, we help New Zealanders from all walks of life.

How we're putting people at the centre of our business.

The Ministers we report to.

The legislation we administer to support our business. 

New Zealand’s welfare support over the years.

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