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Safer MSD Service Centre roll out

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:30:54 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, today visited the Otara Work and Income service centre, the first Auckland office with the new and improved security features stemming from the Ashburton tragedy in 2014.More >>

Safe, warm and well-fed: Making it the norm

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 12:36:26 +1300 | Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Safe, warm and well-fed: Making it the norm The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) says that the 2018 report from the Child Poverty Monitor shows that one in five children in Aotearoa are suffering unacceptable levels of hardship and deprivation. ...More >>

1300 expected for inaugural LIFE Soup Kitchen Xmas dinner

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:24:39 +1300 | Life Centre Trust

To celebrate the festive season, LIFE Soup Kitchen Christmas Dinner aims to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our communities don’t go hungry, with the provision of a nutritious hot meal on Wednesday 12 December at the Vodafone Events Centre.More >>

MSD tells KiwiSavers to pull funds to survive

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:38:09 +1300 | RNZ

The number of people looking to dip into their KiwiSaver funds for hardship reasons is rising sharply. More >>

Early intervention crucial in reducing family violence

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:25:42 +1300 | RNZ

The Justice Sector's chief science advisor has singled early intervention out as a crucial way to combat New Zealand's staggering family violence statistics. More >>

A Call to Action in Hornby

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 08:58:17 +1300 | Salvation Army

People in Hornby want to talk to the Prime Minister about better infrastructure, economic growth and opportunities for disconnected young people. More >>

City Mission doubling Christmas efforts due to demand

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:19:09 +1300 | RNZ

Hundreds of people lined up outside Eden Park in Auckland today but they were not clambering to get to their seats for a rugby game. Instead, they were there for food and Christmas gifts from Auckland City Mission to those in need.More >>

Q+A: Housing Minister Phil Twyford interviewed by Corin Dann

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:31:10 +1300 | TVNZ

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford is refusing to be drawn on reports that the Chief Executive of the KiwiBuild programme has left his job after just 5 months.More >>

Food poverty due to inadequate incomes and high cost housing

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:21:03 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

CPM 2018: Inadequate incomes and high cost housing to blame for rise in food poverty More >>

160,000 hungry kids need your help today - KidsCan

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:11:25 +1300 | KidsCan

KidsCan is urging more action after this year’s Child Poverty Monitor found one in five New Zealand children – more than 160,000 kids - live in households without access to either enough food, or enough healthy food.More >>

Child poverty report a call for urgent welfare reform

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:06:45 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 report points out one in five kids are living without access to food. People on the benefit were disproportionately affected, with the report highlighting many were spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving ...More >>

Sharing the risks of sea-level rise fairly

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 12:22:16 +1300 | Deep South National Science Challenge

Facing the faraway threat of sea-level rise, responses range from, “Your place, your problem!”, to “Don’t worry, the government will take care of it.” But unless we consider the issue and respond ethically, it’s very likely that the risks ...More >>

Sea level rise threatens major NZ infrastructure - report

Thu, 6 Dec 2018 10:49:29 +1300 | RNZ

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More >>

Gordon Campbell on why we politely fake political obituaries

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 11:01:20 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

One unfortunate side effect of “personality politics” is that when prominent politicians die, the niceties we observe at the death of private individuals get automatically extended to them as well.More >>

NZers plead for help from failing mental health system

Wed, 5 Dec 2018 09:58:44 +1300 | RNZ

A report into the country's mental health services describes patients and families pleading for help from a failing system. More >>

Social enterprise investment fund closes with $9M

Tue, 4 Dec 2018 17:25:08 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Social enterprise-focused Impact Enterprise Fund closed out with $9 million last week, having put a ninth of that to work in a health tech firm. More >>

ANZASW On the International Day of Disabled Persons

Mon, 3 Dec 2018 16:36:19 +1300 | ANZASW

On the International Day of Disabled Persons 2018 the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) celebrates the diverse disabled population of these islands and reaffirms its commitment to opposing all forms of discrimination against the ...More >>

Easier access to health assistance for MSD clients

Sun, 25 Nov 2018 12:22:58 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that from tomorrow, people on the Disability Allowance, Child Disability Allowance or the Supported Living Payment are able to have assessments completed by nurse practitioners.More >>

National and Labour face off over tertiary fees-free policy

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:25:45 +1300 | RNZ

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has defended the tertiary fees-free policy as National calls out Labour over what it calls a failed election bribe. More >>

Need for higher disability allowances

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:35:46 +1300 | CCS Disability Action

A new article in the Policy Quarterly journal shows that if the Government is serious about tackling child poverty, it needs to increase the payment rate for disability allowances.More >>


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