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All news from across the Ministry of Social Development.

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17 March 2019

Our Christchurch offices will be open again as normal tomorrow morning to assist those in need in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, says Ministry of Social Development chief executive Debbie Power.

16 March 2019

The Ministry of Social Development has extended its contact centre hours today, Saturday 16 March, from 8am to 8pm to provide support for people dealing with the tragic events in Christchurch.

7 March 2019

Mothers, on average, take 25 weeks leave from work when they have a child, their use of teacher-led early childcare education (ECE) services increases with the hours a mother works and with the age of the child, and income and the hours of work affect uptake of ECE services, are some of the findings of a recent Auckland University study.

21 February 2019

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is developing a Māori Strategy and Action Plan to help us improve the way we work with Māori.

20 February 2019

The Government is seeking feedback from targeted stakeholders in the disability sector on a replacement for the Minimum Wage Exemption.