About us

The Social Investment Agency (SIA), launched on 1 July 2017, is responsible for overseeing and coordinating government’s approach to social investment. The SIA works with agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), to help them take a life-time view of service users.

Innovation is a key feature of the SIA’s mandate and will build on the Social Investment Unit and Social Sector Strategy’s work to help social sector agencies deliver the right services to New Zealanders in need, at the time it will help them the most.

Our functions

  • Developing the architecture to assist agencies (and others) to apply social investment.
  • Providing advice on investment priorities for government and monitor selected investments over time.
  • Trialling and testing new approaches for targeted populations.
  • Assessing progress and maturity of social investment and its practice across the social sector.

Our mandate

While agencies will have responsibility for implementing social investment, the SIA’s mandate includes:

  • Building architecture to support agencies to apply social investment
  • Developing whole-of-system advice
  • Trialling and testing new approaches.

Leadership and governance

Our Interim Chief Executive Dorothy Adams reports to the Minister Responsible for Social Development - Hon Carmel Sepuloni.(external link)

Social Investment Board

A new Social Investment Board (SIB) was initiated on 1 July 2017, replacing the Social Sector Board.

Made up of the Chief Executives of the Ministries of Education, Health, Justice and Social Development, the SIB will have an independent chair.

The SIB will report to the Minister Responsible for Social Investment.

Cabinet papers relating to Social Investment Agency (SIA)

Fact sheets

Check out our fact sheets.


How do we invest for social wellbeing?

We use data and evidence to inform how we can best improve the lives of New Zealanders by investing in what is known to create the best results.

Our people

A diverse, yet like-minded, group of passionate individuals have teamed up to form the SIA.

Our values

These are the values that are important to us, and inform how we operate.

Social sector

The social sector supports all New Zealanders by investing in their education, health and wellbeing.

Contact us

Find out more about SIA or ask a question.

Acting Chief Executive expenses

This information is provided in response to the State Services Commissioner's introduction of a disclosure regime for chief executive expenses, gifts and hospitality.