Social Development Minister Anne Tolley is reassuring New Zealanders that state-funded sterilisation is not on the cards, despite her earlier comments.
Ms Tolley had suggested abusive parents may be stopped from having more children.
But after clarifying her statement to RadioLIVE, Ms Tolley says sterilisation is definitely not being considered.
"New Zealand isn't that sort of country where you would force someone to be sterilised – no one's talking about that at all," she said.
Earlier Ms Tolley said some at-risk families are "simply unable" to look after their children.
"I'd like to be assured that we're not just turning up and taking their babies into care to keep them safe.
"I think we need to be getting in there with better contraception and family planning advice."
Mrs Tolley says there's usually been severe child neglect or abuse in the families she's talking about.
"We shouldn't give up on them... giving them family planning advice and easy access to contraception would help tremendously," she told Radio New Zealand.
Last week a panel of experts suggested a major overhaul of Child, Youth and Family.