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Weekly Reporting

An overview of income support and hardship assistance, delivered each week by the Ministry of Social Development.

The data file provides the figures used to produce the Income Support Weekly Update and includes timeseries data on main benefits, Jobseeker Support by Regional Council, and other selected data cuts.

Latest Income Support Weekly Update releases

The Income Support Weekly Updates are released each Friday at 10am. Publishing times may vary during weeks with a public holiday.

Income Support Weekly Update - A3

Income Support Weekly Update - Data file

How we report ethnicity

From December 2021, we have implemented an approach called ‘total response’, which allows us to recognise all aspects of someone’s ethnicity. This will reflect our clients more accurately, align our approach with Statistics NZ’s reporting and reflect best practice.

Ethnicity is about people’s identity and sense of belonging. Ethnicity measures cultural affiliation, rather than race, ancestry, nationality, or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can identify with more than one ethnic group. Previously, we reported ethnicity using an approach called ‘prioritised ethnicity’. Prioritised ethnicity means that we allocate people to a single ethnic group in an order of priority. The priority used by MSD was Māori, Pacific Peoples, Other and NZ European.

Protecting client information - confidentiality

From 12 February 2021, MSD started applying a range of new confidentiality procedures to public data releases. These procedures will continue to protect client information, while making more data available. To find out how we have changed the way we work with client information visit:

Previous Weekly Reporting

Income Support Weekly Updates back to April 2020 have been archived by year and month at the link below: