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

01 September 2015

Ministry of Social Development staff across New Zealand will observe a two minute silence at 9.52am today to mark the first anniversary of the Ashburton Community Link shootings.

27 August 2015

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s first monitoring report on Child, Youth and Family, The State of Care 2015, has been welcomed by the Ministry.

26 August 2015

The NZ Carers’ Strategy Action Plan for 2014 - 2018 was launched in February 2014. Find out about the progress we’ve made so far.

13 August 2015

This report updates last year’s through to June 2014.

13 August 2015

This report updates the 2009 material wellbeing report through to June 2014.

12 August 2015

A review on the impact of housing subsidies on the housing market is online now.

12 August 2015

The latest Benchmarking Administrative and Support Services report is online now.

31 July 2015

2014 Report on Observational Study is online now.

29 July 2015

New Ministerial Group Work Programme to ensure government agencies respond better to family and sexual violence.

29 July 2015

Improving the focus on supporting vulnerable New Zealanders’ individual needs has led to more people getting access to social housing, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says.

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