We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

We’re working towards this through providing:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • policy and advice to government
  • student allowances and loans
  • public housing assistance.

What's new

17 March 2019

If you’ve been affected by the Christchurch tragedy, or need to travel there because of it, Work and Income may be able to help – even if you’re not on a benefit.

07 March 2019

This research report draws on Growing Up in NZ data to offer insight into how mothers choose and use early childhood education for children under two in New Zealand.

20 February 2019

We are seeking feedback from disabled people, families, Disabled People's Organsiations, providers, employers and unions on a wage supplement, which could replace Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) permits.

19 February 2019

Social Housing Register statistics for the December 2018 quarter available

The Ministry of Social Development has declared a seasonal labour shortage across Hawke’s Bay.

08 February 2019

If you've been affected by the fires in the Nelson Tasman region, we may be able to help or point you in the right direction.

07 February 2019

72% of the evaluated Government expenditure was invested in effective or promising employment assistance.

29 January 2019

The Ministry of Social Development is working closely with the Hawke’s Bay horticultural industry to continue preparations for the upcoming apple harvest.

28 January 2019

We are developing a Māori Strategy and Action Plan to help us improve the way we work with Māori. Please tell us what you think of the draft strategy via an online survey.

24 January 2019

More people who have lived, or still live, in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau can now get New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran’s pension, from 21 January 2019.

18 January 2019

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni welcomed the report. This is the first to analyse New Zealand data, saying its findings show that adhering to the government’s screen time guidelines is linked to better health profiles in New Zealand children.

17 January 2019

299,345 working age people in receipt of a main benefit as at the end of December 2018. This is more than a year ago (289,788). Benefit numbers as a proportion of the working age population increased slightly compared to December 2017.

19 December 2018

Legislation is being progressed that will bring into effect mandatory registration for anyone who is practising as a social worker.

14 December 2018

Jan-Sep StudyLink statistics available for student allowances and loans

12 December 2018

What is social connectedness and how does it affect our resilience and wellbeing? Read our new research and find out why it’s so important.

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