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Pacific jobseeker numbers fall

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:08:39 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Working-age Pacific people recorded the largest fall in work-ready jobseeker numbers over the last year, new statistics show. More >>

Social workers are deeply concerned about proposed reforms

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:24:26 +1300 | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Social workers are deeply concerned about the impact of proposed reforms to public housing. Basic security requires a stable home. Inadequate housing is a profound social harm. While we welcome Mr Key’s objective of seeing that those who need ...More >>

Partnership key to tackling social housing challenge

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:22:59 +1300 | NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

“The Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week that state housing would be significantly modernised is welcome news, but without private development expertise is not likely to achieve the Government’s objectives,” says Stephen Selwood CEO ...More >>

Scepticism on ‘reckless’ state house sale plan

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:17:56 +1300 | Northland Housing Forum

Northland Housing Forum today voiced their strong concern about PM Key’s announcement of a state house sell-off to the Maori and community housing sector. More >>

State housing sell-off will harm vulnerable children

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:49:10 +1300 | Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

“The government’s planned sell-off of state housing will cause serious harm to the education of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children”, says QPEC Spokesperson John Minto.More >>

NZ to begin selldown of state housing, expand subsidies: Key

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:18:36 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Jan. 28 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand government plans to increase the number of income-related rent subsidies by 4.8 percent over the next three years, boost the number of tenancy reviews by two-thirds and sell up to 2,000 houses as part of ...More >>

State Housing Conference

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:04:19 +1300 | Defend Glen Innes

We are holding a conference to launch a nationwide fightback against the privatisation of state housing stock. More >>

Minister to visit the UK and Norway

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:31:41 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today departs for Europe to talk about child protection systems in Scotland and Norway, and work underway in England and Wales to help long-term sickness beneficiaries and disabled people into work and to live ...More >>

Finalists for New Zealander of the Year 2015

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:13:11 +1300 | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

The New Zealander of the Year 2015 Awards Office is pleased to announce the three people being considered for 2015’s Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. They are: • Julie Chapman: CEO and founder, KidsCan (Auckland) • Sir John Kirwan: Rugby ...More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : Housing Growing Families

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:19:23 +1300 | Martin Doyle

This cartoon addresses one of the contributing factors to the housing crisis. Oddly enough, this factor is almost never confronted in our media. Other factors are equally important and will be addressed in upcoming cartoons.More >>

Government cuts driving increased education costs

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:54:14 +1300 | Green Party

Government cuts to education are forcing more of the burden on to parents and damaging the education of poorer kids, as the cost of primary and secondary education increases by five times the cost of inflation, the Green Party says.More >>

Registrations now open for Bike the Trail 2015

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:32:21 +1300 | Upper Hutt City Council

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 23 JAN 2015—The successful Bike the Trail event is on again this year with registrations now open online. The event is a family friendly cycling event starting in Upper Hutt and follows the Hutt River Trail downstream ...More >>

The Enduring Legacy of Neo-Liberalism

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:59:00 +1300 | New Zealand Fabian Society

Sir Ted Thomas will discuss "The Enduring Legacy of Neo-Liberalism" on Wednesday 11 February at Connolly Hall, Guildford Street, Wellington at 5:30pm. Sir Edmund argues that the gross inequality in income and wealth which besets New Zealand ...More >>

Government assistance for drought not a hand out

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:58:39 +1300 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers believes that if the government made a medium-scale adverse event declaration for some South Island provinces, it would give more emotional support to farmers than financial.More >>

Student Loans and Allowances: 2013 – tables

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:37:49 +1300 | Statistics New Zealand

Student Loans and Allowances covers students who accessed the student support system (the Student Loan Scheme and the Student Allowances Scheme) while participating in tertiary education. See Student Loans and Allowances: 2013 – tables on our website ...More >>

ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:08:40 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform Press release: ACT New Zealand January 22, 2015. 8:20am More >>

Low inflation but high housing costs

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:07:02 +1300 | Council of Trade Unions

“Rising housing costs are a big worry for households, despite the fall in the CPI in the three months to December”, says Bill Rosenberg, CTU Economist. More >>

Growing inequality means more children at risk in the water

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:12:51 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Many children from poorer backgrounds are missing out on developing swimming and water safety skills as schools find it increasingly difficult to ensure that all children get access to pools.More >>

Teen births on the way down in New Zealand

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:06:09 +1300 | Superu

This is one of the findings of the latest research from the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu, formerly known as the Families Commission). The research, released today and based on 2013 data, shows that:More >>

Tolley bitches about beneficiaries growing pot

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:52:00 +1300 | Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Anne Tolley's bitching about beneficiaries being too well off because they grow cannabis is a gross generalisation which highlights the government's failed drug policy.More >>


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