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KidsCan sees record number of food items sent out to schools

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:08:22 +1200 | KidsCan

KidsCan hopes the 1.28 million items of food sent to schools at the beginning of term three will help alleviate the pressure put on parents to squeeze every cent out of their weekly food budget.More >>

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be solved

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:25:08 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be easily solved Families going without food on a regular basis is dangerously on the verge of becoming normal in Aotearoa-New Zealand - and the problem doesn’t seem to be easing since recent tax credit and ...More >>

Use of motels for high-risk offenders under review

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:05:43 +1200 | RNZ

Corrections is reviewing the use of motels as emergency accommodation for high-risk offenders, and has charged a convicted sex offender with breaching his court-imposed conditions.More >>

Low Interest and Balance Transfer Credit Cards Offer Help

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:37:37 +1200 | MoneyHub

Low Interest and Balance Transfer Credit Cards Offer a Helping Step Up to Financial Resilience More >>

Life-Changing Financial Support Increasingly Available

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:36:40 +1200 | MoneyHub

With New Zealand’s total household debt rapidly rising and now exceeding $250 billion, MoneyHub’s review of personal debt relief options reveals glimmers of hope to those struggling with high-interest credit. More >>

Low Income New Zealanders Pay Most for Insurance Products

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:35:26 +1200 | MoneyHub

MoneyHub’s continued investigation and review of financial products reveals a lack of suitable insurance products targeting people with a low income. While most policies offer monthly payments that invariable help customers to spread payments ...More >>

Rates rebate applications invited

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:20:04 +1200 | Horowhenua District Council

It is time to apply for a rates rebate for the 2018/19 rating year. More >>

Financial Resilience vs Banks: stop indiscriminate selling

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:28:14 +1200 | MoneyHub

Financial Resilience vs Banks: MoneyHub demands banks stop indiscriminately selling financial products to everyone and anyoneMore >>

ERANZ and Sustainability Trust partner to deliver access

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:33:38 +1200 | Electricity Retailers' Association of NZ

The Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand (ERANZ) is delighted to announce a new initiative called Access to Electricity. More >>

Support for Mana in Mahi.

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:44:30 +1200 | Hastings District Council

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst welcomes the Government’s announcement for the Mana in Mahi – a new initiative to support growing a skilled workforce. More >>

Economic Review of the Status of Beneficiaries in NZ

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 16:02:59 +1200 | Gail E. Duncan

This paper is an investigation of the human rights of beneficiaries against those of wage and salary earners and highlights some major differences. And proposes a new approach to benefits by regarding each individual as an economic unit due a basic ...More >>

ANZ's move puts mortgage advisors on notice

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 13:53:59 +1200 | Finax

Auckland, New Zealand - 9 August 2018 - Finax Mortgage & Insurance Advisory is applauding ANZ’s latest move to remove sales targets for bank staff and cautions that this move effectively puts the mortgage industry 'on notice'. More >>

Taxpayers to fork out $20k to defend Peters' lawsuit

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 12:11:44 +1200 | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters are refusing to answer questions about how much taxpayers might ultimately have to fork out for Mr Peters' legal pursuit of National Party MPs over his superannuation privacy leak.More >>

Economic Rights Are Human Rights: It’s Time to Legislate

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 16:37:16 +1200 | Closing The Gap

If New Zealand wants to close the inequality gap, it needs to follow the advice of the United Nations and enshrine economic rights in the Bill of Rights Act, the income equality group Closing the Gap said today.More >>

Shaw: Ambitious programme to measure wellbeing [31/7/18]

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 15:23:44 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Today we are launching Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand and this gives effect to the commitment in the Green Party-Labour Party Confidence and Supply Agreement to develop a comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic sustainability indicators.More >>

Free eco design advice for households

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 13:57:38 +1200 | Dunedin City Council

The Dunedin City Council is offering free, independent advice on how to make homes warm, dry, healthy, and energy efficient. More >>

Ministry's new disability guidelines baffle family lawyer

Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:38:49 +1200 | RNZ

A lawyer fighting on behalf of families over the disabled support services says the Ministry of Health policy in the area borders on cruel. More >>

NZ Maori Council steps into lead the social policy agenda

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 17:35:17 +1200 | Maori Council

The future development of social policy impacting on Maori has never been more certain now that the New Zealand Maori Council’s new structure is in place. At the national hui in July a new strategic direction was proposed that focussed the energy and work ...More >>

Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 14:56:16 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn.More >>

Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems - Part 2

Tue, 7 Aug 2018 13:03:27 +1200 | Perce Harpham

Part 2 in a series of articles from Simplifying our Tax and Benefit Systems . Full paper available at More >>

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