Success stories

Read about these success stories which details some of the different ways that The Ministry of Social Development can help New Zealanders.

Cold Calling Lands a Dream Job

A year before he had little hope of finding a job and now he had the opportunity to get a job doing something he loved.


After assessing her work history, Linda’s Work and Income case manager promptly referred her to a Straight 2 Work Contact Centre Operations Programme.


This hard working family have found the extra $200 a week they receive from Working for Families is changing their day-to-day lives


Meet Sputnik. That’s his tag-name. But if he writes it on the walls in the Epuni Care and Protection Centre Residence he’ll have to scrub it off

Helping students

Deciding what and where to study are big decisions for New Zealand’s young people.


Starting out as a resource for schools, John later joined Grey Power. This involvement eventually led to him becoming a Volunteer Community Coordinator, a voluntary liaison role with the Office for Senior Citizens.


With the help of supported employment programme Mainstream, the organisation employs Trent as a research technician. Senior wildlife ecologist Grant Norbury says Trent’s work has considerably raised the profile of research on lizards.


Mubin has found volunteering a valuable step in understanding his adopted country and easing the settlement process.

Brian and Eunice

With virtually all their belongings swept away, Work and Income immediately arranged an emergency grant for clothing.

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