What we can do for

Community / Ko Te Iwi Whānui

We’re here to build strong New Zealand communities, providing the support to help them respond so that, together, we can develop strong, resilient New Zealand families.

How to find services

You can search for contact details of over 6,000 family and community services using the Family Services Directory.

Community Links are places where people can get help for a range of needs by a variety of social services and agencies. These services could range from simple financial assistance through to advocacy, support, education and counselling services.

Heartland Services website

Heartland Service Centres provide access to government services and information in rural communities. They provide an opportunity to meet face to face with government agency representatives.

Support for service providers

Work and Income website

Work and Income partner with community organisations on projects that benefit the community and the environment. They also work with job seekers to ensure they have the skills needed by local employers.

Ministry of Youth Development

Ministry of Youth Development provides policies, programmes and services relating to young people.

Food Secure Communities supports communities to become food secure while addressing additional demand on foodbanks, food rescue and other community food services.

Rural community support is strengthening rural community coordination services, increasing access to government and NGO information, support and advice.

Community Connection Service – On 23 July 2020 the Minister of Social Development announced that Community Connector positions are being established within communities across Aotearoa.

Community Capability and Resilience Fund – The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19.

Building Provider Capability and Resilience Fund – The Building Provider Capability and Resilience Fund aims to ensure providers can continue to deliver necessary services to support their communities in responding to and then recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.


Work and Income want to work with you to help people improve their lives and their families through participation in their community.

Ministry of Youth Development provides policies, programmes and services relating to young people.

Results Based Accountability (RBA) provides a framework for organisations wanting to make a positive change for communities, whānau and clients.

Approvals assess and approve Ministry of Social Development service providers.