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Extraordinary Care Fund open for applications

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:13:08 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Extraordinary Care Fund grants to help children being raised by their grandparents or extended family open for application soon, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett confirmed today.More >>

New parents deserve support - Labour will deliver

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:58:58 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour will pass legislation delivering 26 weeks paid parental leave to New Zealand families in its first 100 days in Government, Labour List MP Sue Moroney says. More >>

Redundancies at Fonterra packaging facility in Waikato

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:16 +1200 | Dairy Workers Union

The Dairy Workers Union says redundancies at a Fonterra packaging plant in Waikato will come as a heavy blow to those affected and the union will be doing everything it can to support workers.More >>

TOUGHLOVE urges more funding for Parent Support

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:56 +1200 | TOUGHLOVE

TOUGHLOVE has issued a challenge to all of New Zealand's political parties to state where they stand on helping parents of youth at risk. The challenge comes just ahead of the organisation's thirtieth anniversary celebrations in Auckland on Friday 25th ...More >>

Fairer Deal For Parents on Benefits - Christine Rankin

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:35:39 +1200 | Fifty Fifty

Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig is backing a campaign seeking to reform the way Work And Income treats shared care parents. Mr Craig confirmed his party's stance in an email to Fifty Fifty campaigner Duncan Eddy last night, stating: "I confirm ...More >>

Will plus skill needed for healthy school culture

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:56:48 +1200 | NZ School Trustees Association

Developing a healthy school culture takes will and skill according to author and school improvement guru Dr Anthony Muhammad. Healthy school cultures are essential to provide equal opportunities and reduce the achievement gap.More >>

New Zealand’s responsible lending code not worth the paper

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:54:58 +1200 | Westforce Credit Union

While the UK last week became a slightly safer place for vulnerable consumers with a cap on payday lending, the New Zealand Government took steps to “ask" the loan sharks to participate in writing their own Responsible Lending Code.More >>

A talk on wealth, a rant on inequality, & NZ's latest stats

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:21:56 +1200 | Max Rashbrooke

I'm giving a talk in Wellington tomorrow night on wealth in New Zealand: how much of it there is, how it's distributed, and why we should be talking more about it. It's at 5.30 at Connolly Hall in Thorndon, and organised by the Fabians . All welcome.More >>

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:09:10 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.More >>

Better Public Service target for welfare on track

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:59:02 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says welfare reforms are making good inroads into achieving the Better Public Service target of significantly reducing long term benefit dependency by 2017.More >>

Good progress on Better Public Service targets

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:57:01 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Long-term welfare dependency is reducing and more young people are achieving higher qualifications under the Government’s Better Public Services initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and State Services Minister Jonathan Coleman say.More >>

MP’s uninformed attack doesn’t faze Northland farmers

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:36:32 +1200 | Federated Farmers

While disappointed by the uninformed comments of Hone Harawira MP, Northland’s storm hit farmers appreciate the support of fellow farmers, industry good bodies, utility providers and the efforts of central and local government. Above all, the ...More >>

NZ First GST Policy Not Thought Through

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:43:36 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters’ policy announcement to remove GST on food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

Growing urban–rural divide demands urgency

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:25:51 +1200 | Bridget Williams Books

The author of a book that has sparked a national debate about the urban–rural divide says the growing gap between New Zealand’s regions is set to accelerate – unless we take urgent action.More >>

KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:20:05 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.More >>

Serbia: General Strike to Protect Wages & Working Conditions

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:16:49 +1200 | ITUC

Brussels, 17 July 2014 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has expressed its full support to the Serbian trade union movement as workers across the country join a general strike against government plans to cut wages and working conditions. The government has ...More >>

Welfare numbers lowest since 2008

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:13:03 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has today released latest benefit figures showing the number of people on welfare for the June quarter is the lowest since 2008, with sole parents leading the impressive results.More >>

Ban hails collective effort to bolster Human Rights

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:30:28 +1200 | UN News

In a first-ever visit to the Dominican Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the National Congress, saying “one country with dedication and solidarity can move the world,” helping to spur progress in across the three ...More >>

No excuse for power price hikes

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:08:06 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The latest electricity price hike, coming as it does during the coldest winter months, will once again hit hardest those least able to afford it – the elderly and those on low incomes, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.More >>

Northland Medium Scale Adverse Event declared

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:58:42 +1200 | Federated Farmers

With Northland’s storm now a Medium Scale Adverse Event , Federated Farmers is hoping Government will also support councils in the repair of local roads. More >>


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