Financial stress, housing issues, health concerns or other significant changes – life's challenges can deeply affect our wellbeing. There is support available to you when you need it. Whether it's government assistance or community outreach, there's help available. Sometimes support can come from those already in your life such as your rūnanga, church or local community group. You and your whānau deserve support, no matter where you are on your journey.
Support with daily life
Life's journey has its ups and downs.
There are many in the community ready to guide and stand beside you. Remember, you're not alone.
With the rising cost of living in Aotearoa, many face financial and emotional challenges. Managing finances can be overwhelming, especially if you are providing for whānau. There are services that can help with budgeting and financial support.
When seeking support in Aotearoa, you can always have someone by your side – for guidance, moral support or emotional support. There's no shame in seeking help. It's a sign of strength.
Help is available in Aotearoa through several organisations
Check what benefits and supports are available to you with the Ministry of Social Development
Apply for financial support from Work and Income
Working for Families provides support through Inland Revenue
If you are a single parent, you may be eligible to receive child support through Inland Revenue
Sorted provides free information on tackling debt, budgeting and other financial tips
You can get free and confidential advice on budgeting and managing debt through MoneyTalks
FinCap provides free financial mentoring
If you are out of work due to an injury, ACC may cover your income until you go back to work
There is diverse range of support services available in Aotearoa. Your access might vary based on your location, but we’ve listed a few to get you started.
Citizens Advice Bureau provides free advice and links to all sorts of services related to daily life and your rights in Aotearoa. They are open to the public for drop-in visits in many parts of the country and are also accessible on the phone and online.
Your local library offers all sorts of information and links to services around you. They will be able to help you find support groups and community events in your area. Many libraries also offer courses in reading, writing, finance and digital literacy.
If you are in an unsafe situation and need to get out, Women's Refuge can provide emergency housing.
Victim Support provides help to people who have been a victim of a crime.
ACC provides support though sensitive claims for people who have experienced mental or physical injury from a criminal act.
LeVa provides links to support services for Pacific peoples across Aotearoa.
The Ministry of Health provides a directory of Māori health services across Aotearoa.
Whaikaha provides a directory of supports and services for disabled people and their whānau.
If you have children under 5, Plunket provides advice on many aspects of care. It also provides health professional visits.