Tags : Ministry of Social Development

Supporting New Zealanders Through Winter Months

From tomorrow, 1 May, over one million New Zealanders receiving either a Main Benefit or New Zealand Superannuation will get more money each week through the Winter Energy Payment. “The Winter Energy Payment started as part of the Government’s December 2017 Families Package designed to help older New Zealanders and many of our poorest families […]readmore

Govt increases support for those wanting to change registered sex

The Government is increasing support for New Zealanders wanting to change their sex marker on birth certificates, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti said today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and is committed to making it easier for people to formally acknowledge their identified […]readmore

$4M to reduce homelessness in five locations.

Associate Housing Minister Marama Davidson today announced funding support for new initiatives that will prevent and reduce homelessness in Whangarei, Auckland, Napier/Hastings, Rotorua and the Hutt Valley. “Over $4 million has been allocated to projects that address homelessness in local communities,” Marama Davidson said. “This is the first round of funding from the Government’s $16.6 […]readmore

Government takes action to restore protections for children against child

Amendments to the retrospective provisions in the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Government Agency Registration) Act 2016 will be introduced today. The provisions clarify the intent of Parliament when it passed the Act in 2016 for the Register to apply to all individuals who have committed a qualifying child sex offence, irrespective of when that […]readmore

New Zealand reaches 10,000 registered social workers milestone

“There are now more than 10,000 registered social workers in New Zealand, an increase of over 3,600 social workers over the last four years, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This is a significant milestone worth celebrating today on World Social Work Day,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “In 2017, there were 6,631 social workers […]readmore

Government invests to support more rangatahi into employment

Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today underlined the Government’s commitment to preparing rangatahi for employment through further investment into He Poutama Rangatahi. “Rural communities, local employers and at-risk rangatahi are all set to benefit from a$2.96m investment into five employment and skills programmes working with 193 at-risk rangatahi and their whanau,” Carmel Sepuloni […]readmore

Hundreds more schools join free lunches programme

An additional 88,000 students in 322 schools and kura across the country have started the school year with a regular lunch on the menu, thanks to the Government’s Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches programme. They join 42,000 students already receiving weekday lunches under the scheme, which launched last year to help tackle child poverty, […]readmore

Next stage of COVID-19 support for business and workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend. Following two new community cases of COVID-19, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 on Sunday 28 February […]readmore

Main benefits to increase in line with wages

Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today that main benefits will increase by 3.1 percent on 1 April, in line with the rise in the average wage. The Government announced changes to the annual adjustment of main benefits in Budget 2019, indexing main benefit increases to the average wage, rather than the Consumer Price […]readmore