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Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:10:19 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide Source: Child Poverty Action Group -- The Budget announced today shows some slight change in the weather for families in poverty, but it is not the sea change that is required for many, says Child Poverty Action ...More >>

Mental health centre of govt’s social investment package

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:21:57 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 25 (BusinessDesk) - The government has put mental health at the centre of its $321 million social investment programme, which it touts as spending large up front to reduce the long-term costs of problems ailing society.More >>

Early childhood education shocked but not surprised

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:46:47 +1200 | Early Childhood New Zealand

Today’s budget is extremely disappointing to an already embattled early childhood education (ECE) sector. The sector has learnt to expect little support for high quality ECE from the current government, nevertheless it has left early childhood teachers ...More >>

Budget 2017 puts more children at risk

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:44:13 +1200 | Child Forum

Budget 2017 has allocated additional money to cover the cost of increasing child participation in early childhood education, providing a further 31,000 places but this does little to address parent and teacher concerns for children.More >>

Social Investment approach is about punishment

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:43:19 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Social Investment is about punishing the poor and reducing spending, not investing in social services and improving social outcomes. More >>

Budget 2017 cuts funding for children in ECE

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:33:27 +1200 | Early Childhood Council

Budget 2017 has stripped funding from children in early childhood education for the seventh year in a row, says New Zealand’s largest representative body of licensed early childhood centres.More >>

Accommodation Supplement increase is a con job

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:17:46 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Increases in the Accommodation Supplement (AS) means an equal deduction from Temporary Additional Support (TAS). More >>

Budget a disappointment for Auckland

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:10:13 +1200 | Green Party

25 May 2017 Budget a disappointment for Auckland Aucklanders are the biggest losers in today’s Budget, with nothing new that will fix transport and housing problems in the city, the Green Party said today. “National is either ignoring Auckland ...More >>

Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:23:27 +1200 | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Media release – Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care 25 May 2017 More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed by the Children’s Commissioner as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice ...More >>

$434.1m to support young people in care

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:45 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2017 invests significantly to support vulnerable children and young people in care through the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, Minister for Children Anne Tolley says.More >>

Budget 2017 – Consumer spending a winner from Family Income

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:20:17 +1200 | PwC

The Government announced today a Family Incomes Package to support New Zealand families, giving families more after-tax income to spend on goods and services in the coming years. More >>

$37.2m to reduce family violence

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:14:53 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Amy Adams Minister of Justice Hon Anne Tolley Minister of Social Development 25 May 2017 $37.2m to reduce family violence More >>

$2b Family Incomes Package to lift after-tax incomes

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:09:52 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Government’s $2 billion per year Family Incomes Package will make changes to tax thresholds, Working for Families and the Accommodation Supplement to help Kiwi families get ahead, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. “It is important that Kiwi ...More >>

Under-fives at risk from exposure to household chemicals

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:43:36 +1200 | Environmental Protection Authority

The National Poisons Centre fields more than 6,000 calls a year about under-fives’ exposure to chemicals. One in 10 of them result in a visit to the doctor or a stay in hospital.More >>

Host Families Needed in July 2017 - Community Call Out

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:40:41 +1200 | Student Exchange Australia New Zealand

This July, we will be receiving exchange students from Finland, Germany, Italy and Sweden. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 3, 5 or 10 months. We are urgently seeking suitable families who might be interested ...More >>

Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:54:06 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Tairua School students win Best Community Action Project

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:56:11 +1200 | Tairua School

THEIR efforts to help their community take action against marine pollution has earned two Tairua School students the chance to snorkel the infamous Poor Knights Islands, one of the best diving sites in the world.More >>

Decision halt collection of client data welcomed

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:57:30 +1200 | Comvoices

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers ...More >>

Manchester attack and trauma in young people — Expert Q&A

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:45:55 +1200 | Science Media Centre

Monday's deadly attack at a pop concert at the Manchester Arena, has led to the UK raising the national threat level to 'critical'. More >>

Bravery and great work recognised in top honours

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:05:23 +1200 | New Zealand Police

It was duty with a difference when seven police officers reported to Government House. They were there to be invested by the Governor General, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy for their heroic actions in saving lives or for their initiatives and service to youth ...More >>