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Martin Doyle cartoon: Truly Wicked vans

Fri, 6 May 2016 17:07:06 +1200 | Martin Doyle

There is a deep-seated Puritanism within New Zealand society. It reared its ugly head recently during the discussion round Wicked Campervans. If only the same venom could be channelled towards our real problems...More >>

Healthy Homes Bill Succeeds Where Government Bill Failed

Fri, 6 May 2016 13:45:22 +1200 | NZUSA

The Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill that passed its first reading yesterday will hopefully make progress to remedying the shortfall that the Residential Tenancies Bill failed to address. More >>

Social Sector Trials move to local-led models

Thu, 5 May 2016 13:41:09 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the Social Sector Trials which have been taking place around the country have provided good information to help design community-led models for better social service results.More >>

Cardinal to launch beneficiary advocacy event in Upper Hutt

Thu, 5 May 2016 13:15:56 +1200 | Caritas

Cardinal John Dew will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, May 10 to launch an Archdiocesan ‘Benefit Impact’ event aimed at assisting and advocating for those in the Wellington region on a benefit.More >>

Save the Children welcomes Judge Becroft’s appointment

Thu, 5 May 2016 10:36:08 +1200 | Save the Children New Zealand

Judge Becroft is well known in communities across New Zealand for his focus on what is important: the best interest of the child. His approach to child protection and restorative juvenile justice is an inspiration locally as well as internationally.More >>

Vulnerable families left out in the cold

Wed, 4 May 2016 17:15:23 +1200 | Sustainability Trust

The needs of vulnerable, low-income families risk getting lost in the political tussle over healthy homes if a proven insulation scheme is left to flounder, says Wellington social enterprise Sustainability Trust. More >>

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Lance Norman

Mon, 2 May 2016 09:44:12 +1200 | The Nation

National Urban Maori Authority boss Lance Norman puts the cost of failing a struggling child at $145,000 per year More >>

Babies and parents mobilise for 26 weeks paid parental leave

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:42:38 +1200 | New Zealand Nurses Organisation

Babies and parents mobilise for 26 weeks paid parental leave in park near John Key's house on 4 May More >>

MyMSD puts clients in the driving seat

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:16:36 +1200 | Ministry of Social Development

Fifty thousand people have already signed up to MyMSD, the Ministry of Social Development’s new online service which is making it faster and easier for its clients to get the services they need.More >>

Inner City Women’s Group develops App

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07:35 +1200 | Inner City Women's Group

Inner City Women’s Group develops App to screen for relationships for abuse and connect with support services Inner City Women’s Group have developed a unique App to enable women throughout New Zealand to screen their relationships for abuse ...More >>

Government not doing enough for rental properties

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:38:51 +1200 | Jennian Homes

Government not doing enough for rental properties, says building expert It was announced earlier this week that Nelson City Council may implement a compulsory warrant of fitness (WoF) for rental properties, which Aidan Jury of Jennian Homes says signifies ...More >>

Pay day at Selwyn AGM tomorrow

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:11:55 +1200 | Coalition of Selwyn Supporters

Members of the Coalition of Selwyn Supporters will be handing out ‘pay packets’ which highlight the difference between life on the minimum wage and life on the Living Wage.More >>

Police and Court (Your Legal Rights) Workshop

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:01:23 +1200 | Auckland Disability Law

Auckland Disability Law (ADL) and ImagineBetter are pleased to offer a Police and Court (Your Legal Rights) workshop on 24 May 2016. More >>

Government should just ban foreign speculators

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:48:50 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Prime Minister’s musings about a land tax on non-resident buyers is just more tinkering, and the Government should just ban foreign speculators as the Australian Government has done, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

Big jump in benefit numbers in Christchurch as rebuild slows

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:43:32 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Christchurch rebuild seems to be stalling with a 20% increase in people on the jobseeker benefit since March last year, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.More >>

Speech to Canterbury Men’s Centre

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:40:14 +1200 | The Maori Party

Hon Te Ururoa Flavell Minita Whanaketanga Māori Minister for Māori Development Speech to Canterbury Men’s Centre and Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust More >>

Social Development stats don’t add up

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:10:11 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s figures released by the Ministry of Social Development show that despite a drop in the number of beneficiaries, fewer people are going into paid employment or study, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

NZ Super Fund Performance Report for March 2016

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:25:36 +1200 | NZ Superannuation Fund

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has released its performance and portfolio report for February 2016. More >>

Benefit stats fall below 280,000 – first since 2008

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:17:09 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008. More >>

English: Speech to the Third Data Hui

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:11:51 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Can I acknowledge Dame Diane Robertson, chair of the Data Futures Partnership, John Whitehead, from the Partnership Government Statistician Liz MacPherson, Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Social Development who we just heard from, and ...More >>


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