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Joyce unveils first social bond pilot

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:48:02 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Feb. 21 (BusinessDesk) - Finance Minister Steven Joyce unveiled the first social bond pilot to support getting people with moderate mental health problems back into the workforce in a pitch to the public service that it will have to lift its performance ...More >>

Table Tennis is a winning sport at Youth Space

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:28:21 +1300 | Palmerston North City Council

With table tennis tables, bats and balls on the ready, the sound of a game is familiar inside Palmerston North City Library’s Youth Space.  One regular player at Youth Space over the recent holidays was national representative Abbey Webb (14) practising ...More >>

Hāpai congratulates Muriwhenua for promoting hauora Māori

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:56:53 +1300 | Hapai Te Hauora

Kapa haka favourites Muriwhenua will unveil a special new haka at the national kapa haka championships Te Matatini next week."Ko te wharetapu o muriwhenua” Thomas Strickland, Kaihaka of Muriwhenua said "The haka makes a stance against all ...More >>

No mana for Māori

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:59:03 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A vote for the Mana Māori deal is a vote for National, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More >>

Polygamous Marriage: Is Govt Bending The Rules?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:06:57 +1300 | Family First Lobby

Family First NZ is concerned that the government may be turning a ‘blind eye’ to polygamous marriages in New Zealand when assessing entitlements to welfare support. More >>

National Government challenged to debate pensions

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:18:21 +1300 | NZ Seniors Party

For years the New Zealand Government has blocked all efforts to have pensions debated in parliament and have spent, last year alone, 33 million dollars in the Crown Law Office on legal fees included in which was defending their direct deduction policy ...More >>

ShelterBox New Zealand announces new Vice-Regal Patron

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:46:33 +1300 | ShelterBox

ShelterBox New Zealand is delighted and honoured to announce that Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand, has graciously accepted an invitation to become our Vice-Regal Patron. Dame Patsy ...More >>

The Institute of Refuge in Art

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:13:33 +1300 | St Vincent de Paul Wellington

Occupying the cultural metropolis of Newtown, we are a system for Refugee advocacy through discussion and the transformation of discarded artwork. More >>

Those who refuse to look at the past are doomed to repeat it

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:01:28 +1300 | Clan NZ

The New Zealand branch of Care Leavers Australasia Network ( ) fully endorses and supports the recent Human Rights Commission open letter sent to Prime Minister Bill English calling for a comprehensive, independent and public inquiry ...More >>

Child-first policies needed to combat entrenched poverty

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:26:26 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Children’s Commissioner has supported a call from Labour for a child-first approach to policies in order to address persistent and entrenched child poverty, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Opinion Piece: The Abuse of Children in State-Run Schools

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:19:17 +1300 | Karen Johansen

Back in the sixties there was a young Maori boy who lived in a small New Zealand town, the son of a Maori Battalion hero. He was mischievous and one day was caught breaking the window at the library. A week later he remembers “the welfare” came ...More >>

Salvation Army State of the Nation Report

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:52:46 +1300 | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa Association of Social Workers congratulates the Salvation Army on their well-researched report’ State of the Nation’ and recent workshops in Wellington. The findings of the report accord with what social workers observe every day when ...More >>

New data must take child welfare into consideration

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:23:14 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that attention to the well-being of children from families recently off benefits must be at the fore of new data analysis if the undertaking is to be meaningful.More >>

Union Anger at MSD ID crackdown

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:42:21 +1300 | Unite Union

Security guards unionised by Unite Union at MSD sites are angry with new policy changes brought in by the Government yesterday, that now sees them stopping every citizen trying to access their rights, and asking them for their name, appointment, and photo ...More >>

Record $1.136b in health insurance claims paid in 2016

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:11:49 +1300 | Health Funds Association of NZ

Health insurers funded an additional $100 million in healthcare in 2016 as more Kiwis took out health cover, according to the latest figures from the Health Funds Association (HFANZ).More >>

Demand an inquiry into the abuse of NZers held in state care

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:22:24 +1300 | Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Commission asks Kiwis to demand an inquiry into the abuse of New Zealanders held in state care More >>

Research shows poor outcomes for beneficiaries

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:22:54 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

New research released today shows that beneficiaries are struggling to find long-term employment or go into study after they come off the benefit, and the Government has no plan to help, says Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Costs of National's housing crisis hit middle NZ hardest

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:23:27 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Families on middle and lower incomes, especially older New Zealanders, are having their budgets squeezed due to National’s housing crisis, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

More research into off-benefit outcomes

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:27:09 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has asked MSD to carry out further research into the outcomes for people who come off benefit, following the release of a report on the issue from Superu, which analysed pre-welfare reform data.More >>

Annual rent rises hit low-spending households

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:24:05 +1300 | Statistics New Zealand

Beneficiaries and low-spending households experienced the highest inflation over the past year, Statistics NZ said today. From the December 2015 quarter to the December 2016 quarter their overall costs increased 1.4 percent. This was more than double ...More >>


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