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Worksafe charge against MSD

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:33:23 +1300 | Ministry of Social Development

I have been advised that WorkSafe has lodged a charge today in the Wellington District Court against the Ministry of Social Development, under Section 6 of the Health and Safety Act.More >>

Work and Income Ashburton shooting – WorkSafe charge

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:31:58 +1300 | WorkSafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured.More >>

Health and safety paramount as Worksafe launch prosecution

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:28:06 +1300 | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Worksafe’s announcement that they have filed a charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) following the tragic shootings at Ashburton Work and Income shows the importance that must be placed on ...More >>

Free nappy banks to be launched around NZ

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:07:08 +1300 | Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Help’s new nappy banks will enable families who might otherwise not be able to, to have access to free reusable nappies. They will also provide people around the country with the opportunity to donate clean, pre-used cloth nappies for others ...More >>

Politicians' pay increases

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:08:05 +1300 | Closing The Gap

“An increase of 3.5% in the minimum wage compared with 5.5% increase for politicians is appalling. It is another example of the wealthy looking after themselves and showing no regard for the poor” says Peter Malcolm, National Secretary of Income Equality ...More >>

Seymour Speech [21/2/15]: Our classical liberal tribe

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:48:41 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

It’s a pleasure and honour to speak with you as Act Leader in our Party’s 20th year of parliamentary representation. More >>

Orphan Drug negotiations hampered by inadequate budget

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:15 +1300 | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Pharmac’s announcement that it’s in active negotiation with 8 companies for supply of medicines for rare disorders, is welcome news for patients currently denied access to approved “orphan” medicines. But the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders says ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on the wage hike for MPs, and Paul Robeson

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:41:56 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance ...More >>

Stark contrast between benefit increase & MPs’ pay rise

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:27:35 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Stark contrast between benefit increase & MPs’ pay rise Media release Friday 27 February 2015 Earlier this week Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced that benefits will increase by 0.51% on 1 April. Yesterday MPs were granted a 5.5% ...More >>

Reforms helping our most vulnerable succeed

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:04:08 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits. “The June 2014 valuation shows the current lifetime liability ...More >>

Our Place: An Invitation to Contribute

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:34 +1300 | Inclusive NZ

Our Place – a joint conference hosted by Inclusive NZ , Inspiring Communities and Be.Institute - will explore the possibilities of what can happen when we step outside of our ‘sectors’ and think about building accessible, inclusive communities ...More >>

Comment from Carmel Sepuloni

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:54:03 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. ...More >>

Carmel Sepuloni should not have been stood down

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:13:18 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Carmel Sepuloni should not have been stood down from Labour’s social development portfolio over her mother’s benefit fraud charges. “It is hard to see how conflict of interest applies when Carmel is neither a Minister nor even a member of a governing ...More >>

Seymour to party leaders: Let’s cooperate on NZ Super

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:23:25 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has called for meetings to discuss the possibility of a referendum to determine the future structure of New Zealand Super. More >>

Benefits increase with living costs

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:49:09 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Benefits increase with living costs Benefit and superannuation payments to more than a million New Zealanders will increase on April 1, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. “In 2011 we passed legislation to make sure benefits increase each ...More >>

Investing for social impact in the Bay of Plenty

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:16 +1300 | BayTrust

A major research project into how best to support Bay of Plenty children in the first 1000 days of their lives, and how to engage youth in the region, has identified significant opportunities for BayTrust to invest strategically for the region’s future success.More >>

Ministry appoints Chief Science Advisor

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:41:30 +1300 | Ministry of Social Development

Ministry of Social Development appoints Chief Science Advisor 23 February 2015 Professor Richie Poulton, who appeared in Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of the world’s most influential scientific minds, has joined the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).More >>

Seymour challenges leaders to support Super referendum

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:47:05 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour closed his speech to the party’s annual conference by challenging political leaders to support a referendum process to determine the future of New Zealand’s superannuation system.More >>

Zero Hour Myths exposed by Fast Food worker survey

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:12:31 +1300 | Unite Union

A major survey of fast food workers in New Zealand has exposed the reality of “Zero Hour Contracts” for workers and some of the myths used to justify them. More >>

Ministers set new targets to reduce dependence

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:28:22 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The Government has set itself ambitious new targets including 75,000 fewer New Zealanders being on benefits by June 2018 as part of its Better Public Services drive, Finance Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Paula Bennett say.More >>


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