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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 in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2016

The Household Incomes Report provides information on the material wellbeing of New Zealanders as indicated by their household incomes from all sources from 1982 to 2016.

The report uses data from Statistics New Zealand’s 2015-16 Household Economic Survey (HES) to update the previous report in the series which had information to 2016.

The interviews for the 2015-16 survey were carried out in the year to 30 June 2016, and asked about incomes in the twelve months prior to interview.

The material wellbeing of New Zealand households: trends and relativities using non-income measures

This report provides information on the material wellbeing of New Zealanders using non-income measures (or non-monetary indicators).

The report uses data from Statistics New Zealand’s Household Economic Surveys (HES) from 2006-07 to 2015-16 and from MSD’s 2008 Living Standards Survey.

The Material Wellbeing of NZ households: Overview and Key Findings

This brings together the key definitions, concepts and findings of the two main reports in the one place.

2015 - 2016 Annual Report

Our annual report shows the progress we have made and the results we have achieved for our clients and stakeholders in the previous 12 months that contribute to the outcomes in our Strategic Intentions.

Strategic Intentions 2016 - 2020

The Ministry of Social Development Strategic Intentions 2016-2020 (formerly the Statement of Intent) sets out our strategic direction and the priorities that will contribute to our purpose and delivery of Government’s priorities.

Care and protection secure residences

A report on the international evidence to guide best practice and service delivery.

Youth justice secure residences

A report on the international evidence to guide best practice and service delivery.

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).


Ordering a publication

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