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

16 February 2017

The Ministry of Social Development has undertaken a research project into the Reoffending patterns for youth undertaking Police Alternative Action.

01 February 2017

A new initiative is underway to help at-risk social housing tenants hold onto their tenancies, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams said today.

26 January 2017

Children and young people are helping shape the future of New Zealand’s care system, by choosing the name VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai, for their new independent connection and advocacy service.

20 January 2017

An increase in the housing register underscores the importance of the Government’s social housing reform programme and its $344 million commitment to additional emergency housing places, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams says.

20 January 2017

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has today welcomed data showing new help introduced by the Government is creating tangible support for struggling New Zealanders.

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