Investing for Social Wellbeing

A way of working to support New Zealanders live the lives they aspire to.

We recommend you watch the video before taking the survey, because it explains how this approach could help improve the lives of all New Zealanders, so that individuals, their whānau, and communities can live the lives they aspire to.

Here's a look at this new approach.

Tell us your thoughts

Whether you are a service user, or if you work in a social sector organisation we want to hear what you think about this approach. 


Overview of the Investing for social wellbeing approach

This way of working is called investing for social wellbeing and is based on understanding that people lead diverse lives with different needs. The approach focuses on:

  1. Putting people at the centre
  2. Making better use of a wide range of evidence, including data and analytics, as well as peoples' experiences
  3. Engaging and working in strong partnerships and building trust
  4. Providing clear goals and robust measurement

We are aiming to agree an investing for social wellbeing approach with input from the social sector that guides how government and communities work together to provide the best support to improve wellbeing. We are also aiming to build an approach that has the trust and confidence of New Zealanders and supports choices that build Kiwis’ wellbeing.

We talk about wellbeing as being the ability of individuals and families to live the lives they aspire to. We want to hear what people have to say about what is needed to invest in their wellbeing.

The SIA is engaging with a broad range of service users (for example, youth, housing, and mental health among others), and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government agencies that provide social services to get their input on the Government’s approach to investing for social wellbeing.

We will take feedback from the engagement and use it to finalise an agreed approach which we can then start putting into action.

You can tell us what you think about this approach through our online survey(external link).

We have also begun engaging with people and organisations around the country.  Find out what we are doing, and  when we are going to be near you.


If you have any questions, check out the FAQs page or let us know.

Towards investing for social wellbeing cabinet paper

Cabinet paper:Investing for Social Wellbeing April 2018 [PDF, 158 KB] - This cabinet paper outlines the Government’s proposed approach to investing for social wellbeing. It also talks about how the Government will be talking to service users and service providers in the social sector to seek feedback on the proposed approach.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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