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Draft Productivity Commission report released

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:42:49 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Bill English and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce have today acknowledged the release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report New and Emerging Models of Tertiary Education. More >>

New initiative for Tairawhiti social services

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:15:28 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched the trial of a new approach to social service delivery in the Gisborne and Wairoa regions. More >>

Politicians show depressing lack of courage

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:55:40 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

"All politicians should take the Productivity Commission's call to reintroduce interest on student loans seriously instead of running for the hills at the first hint of a policy debate, it's called leadership," says ACT Leader David Seymour.More >>

Tertiary education - a system tied up in knots

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:22:00 +1300 | Productivity Commission

The report is a detailed inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to, and take advantage of,trends in technology, internationalisation, population, tuition costs and demand for skills. As part of the inquiry, the Commission ...More >>

English: Social Investment Analytics Layer launch

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:14:41 +1300 | New Zealand Government

I’m pleased to see such a good turnout for what is, I believe, a significant step towards better services for people, and better government for the country. More >>

Minister thanks social workers on National Day

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:19 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says National Social Workers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the important work social workers do and thank them for the difference they make for families.More >>

Barriers to educational success must be removed

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:04:18 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that distribution of resources to schools must be better targeted to ensure that all children across the decile system have the same access to quality educational opportunities.More >>

PM's Press Conference 26/9/16: Syrian Peace And Fishy Advice

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:27:53 +1300 | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key began his weekly press conference by discussing his chairing of last week's UN Security Council meeting on Syria, to 'focus the world's attention' on the crisis. He described subsequent attacks on civilians in Aleppo as 'despicable' ...More >>

Minister ignores recommendation on Maori partnerships

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:28:39 +1300 | Hon Tariana Turia

The Minister appears to have ignored the multiple recommendations to establish strategic partnerships with iwi and Maori organisations by instead privileging organisations like Barnados and Open Home Foundation. Her cabinet papers are underwhelming, indicating ...More >>

MSD Finds Major Cause of Poverty

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:32:01 +1200 | Conservative Party

The recent release of household income data from the MSD, finding that the dominant cause of poverty can be linked to single parent families, is no surprise. As a country, we embarked on a social experiment with the DPB, that said “If we support single ...More >>

Funding will increase emergency housing for homeless

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:42:37 +1200 | Auckland Council

The council’s Finance and Performance Committee today approved funding of $2 million to the James Liston Hostel in the Auckland CBD to enhance the quality and quantity of emergency housing for rough sleepers and homeless people.More >>

More emergency housing for Salvation Army

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:22:49 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Salvation Army is to receive more than $1.5 million to fund 884 emergency housing places across the country each year. More >>

Pasifika youth ignored by the Government

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:35:30 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Adolescent Health Research Group’s new report on the wellbeing of young Pacific people shines a spotlight on the Government’s failure to deliver any “brighter future” for them, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William ...More >>

Tolley: Fostering Kids New Zealand Conference

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:33:12 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Anne Tolley Minister for Social Development 22 September 2016 Media Statement Speech to Fostering Kids New Zealand Conference More >>

Major reforms continue for care and protection

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:56:02 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that legislation is to be introduced in Parliament by the end of the year which will better support children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, while increasing support for families ...More >>

More support needed for Pacific youth

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:23:49 +1200 | University of Auckland

Persistent health, social and educational disparities exposed in the latest report on Pacific youth in New Zealand, require urgent attention according to researchers. More >>

Focus will remain on care and protection

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:05:41 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the overhaul of care and protection will stay firmly focused on delivering much better long-term outcomes for children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, despite constant attempts ...More >>

Govt Should ‘Scrap Proposed Power Increases’

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:55:56 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the government should call a halt now to power pricing proposals that will mean higher bills for hundreds of thousands of Kiwis, both households and businesses.More >>

Minister confirms – new ministry only about abuse

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:43:18 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister for Social Development today confirmed that her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children is essentially a rebrand of CYFS making this a squandered opportunity to better the lives of New Zealand children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children ...More >>

Organ Donors to get 100% compensation

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:48:31 +1200 | Give life

Parliaments Health Select Committee have today recommended that live organ donors get full costs reimbursement instead of the originally proposed 80%. More >>

 

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