Service Update from MSD

We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.

We work to provide:

  • employment, income support and superannuation services
  • funding to community service providers
  • student allowances and loans


The Ministry of Social Development is here to help during Covid-19 with financial support for emergency and on-going needs. MSD service centres are currently closed to keep people safe, so all appointments are now done over the phone to help people in need.

There is a wide range of information on the MSD website, which we are keeping regularly updated. You can apply for a main benefit on-line and check your eligibility for food assistance. You can also ask for help by phone for other essential needs, such as emergency housing. We're experiencing high demand on our phone lines and in MyMSD so please continue to be patient.

Employers! You can apply for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy or Essential Workers Leave Support. There are also frequently asked questions available online.

Contact Details

Tenants Protection Association (ChCh) Inc
Te Tōpū Tiaki-ā-Kainoho
Room 3, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Ph.(03) 379-2297

info [at] tpa [dot] org [dot] nz (subject: Enquiry%20from%20Website)