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Committee response on inquiry into improving child health

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:25:19 +1200 | Office of the Clerk

Dr Paul Hutchison, Chairperson of the Health Committee, would like to inform you that the Select Committee has taken the unusual step of responding to the Government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report above because it considers the ...More >>

New law holds partners complicit in welfare fraud to account

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:04 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows has welcomed the passage of a Bill to hold partners complicit in welfare fraud to account, 102 votes to 17. More >>

Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:54 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

“Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson, ...More >>

15,000 fewer people dependent on benefits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:17:23 +1200 | New Zealand Government

15,000 fewer people dependent on benefits Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the latest benefit figures showing a five year low confirm New Zealand welfare numbers are back to where they were pre-global recession. Benefit numbers have dropped ...More >>

Scholarships secured for Whanganui youth

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:42 +1200 | Universal College Of Learning

At a ceremony on campus with staff and whānau, 31 Rangatahi (youth) were awarded Youth Guarantee scholarship certificates for fee free study at Whanganui UCOL. More >>

Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:56:14 +1200 | CAFCA

Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance ...More >>

Stock Transfers - A Way Forward for 20% of State Housing

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:02 +1200 | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa together with the Auckland Community Housing Providers Network and Te Matapihi have released a proposal calling for the establishment of an independent negotiating partner to facilitate the transfer of up to 20% of state ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on the life & ACC work of Sir Owen Woodhouse

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:49:33 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. In its original incarnation in the early 1970s, ACC had been a globally innovative “no ...More >>

Web Series NZ Idle - Out today!

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:26:39 +1200 | Poor Sailors Arts Collective

Today we release the first three episodes of our new web series, NZ Idle | Friends with Unemployment Benefits. More >>

Better deal for glasses will save millions

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:28:23 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says people using hardship assistance are in line to pay less for glasses and other optical services as a result of a new preferred supplier arrangement with opticians. “We’re trying to keep people’s ...More >>

Veterans’ Support Bill passes second reading

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:19:57 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Veterans’ Support Bill, which will improve the way New Zealand supports its veterans, has passed its second reading in Parliament today. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse welcomed the Bill’s latest reading, saying it was now ...More >>

Veterans’ Support Bill passes second reading

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:12:03 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Veterans’ Support Bill, which will improve the way New Zealand supports its veterans, has passed its second reading in Parliament today. More >>

Veterans short-changed

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:11:07 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff.More >>

Government responds to tamariki Māori report

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:29:37 +1300 | New Zealand Government

A report by the Maori Affairs Committee following its Inquiry into the Determinants of Wellbeing for Tamariki Māori has been largely supported by Government as it generally reflects current priorities within agencies’ work programmes, said Maori Affairs ...More >>

Woodhouse to attend veterans’ summit in US

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:03:53 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to the United States next week to attend an international summit aimed at improving the lives of war veterans and their families.More >>

Glen Innes Community Marches Against Social Housing Reforms

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:09:37 +1300 | Defend Glen Innes

Today the Glen Innes community is marching against the Social Housing reforms which include a shift of the administration of Housing New Zealand tenancies to Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ). . Social housing is a shift from state-run housing to ...More >>

Bennett Continues to Bash Beneficiaries

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:01:57 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

“Today Paula Bennett has again perpetrated another beat-up on beneficiaries”, says Alastair Russell, Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson. “Ms Bennett is cynically trying to persuade New Zealand that beneficiaries live a life of luxury, ...More >>

NZ first in world according to 2014 Social Progress Index

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:42:42 +1300 | Deloitte

New Zealand is the most socially advanced nation in the world according to a major new global index sponsored by Deloitte. The 2014 Social Progress Index , published today by US-based not-for-profit the Social Progress Imperative, ranks 132 countries ...More >>

NZ Ranked World’s Most Socially Advanced Country

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:41:05 +1300 | The Social Progress Imperative

New Zealand is the most socially advanced nation in the world according to a major new global index published today by US-based nonprofit, the Social Progress Imperative, and released at the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. New Zealand ...More >>

Benefits cut for 21,000 overseas travellers

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:47:08 +1300 | New Zealand Police

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says more than 21,000 people have had their benefit cut for travelling overseas since July last year. More >>

 

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