What we can do for

Seniors / Ko ngā Kaumātua

We're here to support people as they age, to be happy, healthy and valued.

The Ministry of Social Development's services to seniors

The Ministry of Social Development offers a number of different services for seniors.  This is a comprehensive resource to describe these services and provide you with appropriate contact information.

News and updates

When we’re open and when you’ll be paid over Easter
and the ANZAC holidays

31 March 2014

My Account access has been extended to overseas mobile phone users (RealMe login update)

Entitlements for 65 plus

If you are aged 65 or over, or about to turn 65, certain entitlements become available to you such as retirement income (NZ Superannuation, Veteran's Pension and Overseas Pensions), discounts and concessions and help with additional costs.

Understanding your rights

It's important for you to remain up-to-date and well-informed of your rights such as appointing someone as my representative or agent, enduring power of attorney and home equity release.

Help with social housing

Call 0800 552 002, or visit our housing website:

In the community

Your community offers a wide range of support services that can help you and your family such as finding services, volunteering and employment.

Positive Ageing

Information on the Ministry of Social Development's aims to improve the opportunities for seniors to participate in their communities such as The New Zealand Positive Ageing Strategy, older people in New Zealand and Minister’s key priorities.

Care and support

Information on how to find services to best support your continued personal safety, quality of life and access to reliable help if you need it such as residential care subsidy, household assistance, health related assistance and information for caregivers.

Getting in touch with someone who can help you

Information on how to find the most appropriate people to answer your questions or respond to your comments.

SuperGold website
Office for Senior Citizens website
Work and Income website
Family and Community Services website