Publications and resources

Resource centre for Ministry publications, statistics and fact sheets.

This section contains publications and resources produced by the Ministry of Social Development.

Please note: Some of our documents are published in PDF format. Where possible we may also publish this document in other electronic formats to improve the accessibility of our information.

Latest publications

Household Incomes Report 2016

This release updates last year’s issue with analysis of the 2014-15 Household Economic Survey. There are three reports: Household Incomes in NZ, 1982 to 2015; The material wellbeing of NZ households: trends and relativities using non-income measures; and The Overview and Key Findings, a new report which brings together the key definitions, concepts and findings of the two main reports in the one place.

Top 10,000 clients – Social Sector Costs

Top 10,000 clients. A new approach to looking at shared clients across the social sector - Insights MSD.

Budget 2016: Four-Year Plan

The Four-Year Plan outlines the Ministry’s strategy, and the key priorities and supporting work programmes to deliver our strategic direction, as at December 2015.

Skills for Safety – Evaluation Report

‘Skills for Safety – Evaluation Report’, March 2016, by independent researchers Assoc. Prof. Jan Jordan and Dr Elaine Mossman of Victoria University of Wellington presents findings from an outcome evaluation of girls' and women's self defence courses run by the Women’s Self Defence Network – Wāhine Toa (WSDN-WT).

Literature review – research into the effectiveness of self defence programmes for girls as a sexual violence and family violence prevention strategy

An independent literature review of research and evaluations into the effectiveness of self defence programmes as a sexual violence and family violence prevention strategy for school-age girls.

Decentralising Welfare - Te Mana Motuhake O Tūhoe

The Ministry of Social Development committed to work with Tūhoe as part of their Treaty settlement, and in particular to explore whether there were opportunities to decentralise any aspects of the government’s responsibility for providing welfare support.

Measuring and monitoring material hardship for NZ children: MSD research and analysis used in advice for the Budget 2015 Child Hardship package

The report documents the more detailed research and analysis on the measurement of material hardship that contributed to the policy development process for the Child Hardship package in Budget 2015.

The two deprivation indices used in the report (EU-13 and DEP-17) update previously published findings using earlier versions of these (EU-9 and DEP-14) as reported in Perry (2009)

The report is a part of MSD’s ongoing research and monitoring programme on material wellbeing.

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