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September Benefit Figures Disappointing

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:01:35 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government is out of touch with the reality that fewer people are going off the benefit and into employment or study, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. More >>

$9m for trials to support people into work

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:23:28 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work.More >>

Number of struggling families growing under National

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:12:36 +1300 | Green Party

A huge leap in Special Needs Grants show that more and more New Zealanders cannot afford the basics of life, the Green Party said today. More >>

Young Kiwi leaders to make cities more inclusive and safe

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:21:14 +1300 | CommonWealth New Zealand

Four young kiwis will travel to Singapore this weekend to undertake an intensive Commonwealth-focused leadership programme and develop their ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple culturesMore >>

Welfare reforms helping more parents into work

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:24:20 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people on Sole Parent Support has fallen by more than 15,000 since before welfare reforms were introduced. More >>

Government decision seems senseless

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:34:42 +1300 | College of Public Health Medicine

Cutting funding and significantly reducing the size of the Growing Up in New Zealand study will drastically affect its potential to improve the health of New Zealanders and reduce health and social inequities, says the College of Public Health Medicine.More >>

Minister Bennett’s New Social Impact Board Is Ignorant

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:58:58 +1300 | Manukau Urban Maori Authority

Manukau Urban Māori Authority (MUMA), Whānau Ora Services’ Manager, Veronica Henare is accusing a newly established South Auckland Social Investment Board of ignorance and paying lip service to communities in need. More >>

$2.5 Billion on Prisons!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:51:17 +1300 | NZ Seniors Party

On the news last night it was announced that the Government is going to spend an additional one billion dollars to facilitate the growing number of inmates in our prisons. On top of this, it would take between one and one and a half billion dollars ...More >>

Age-of-care change at CYF needs money to back it up

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:35:31 +1300 | Green Party

19 October 2016 Age-of-care change at CYF needs money to back it up More >>

Age of care and support to increase

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:21:15 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that as part of the radical overhaul of care and protection, Cabinet has agreed that young people will no longer have to leave state care at 17, and will be able to remain in care or return to care up ...More >>

ARTBOURNE 2016 – famous artists sale for scholarships

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:56:29 +1300 | Wellesley College

ARTBOURNE 2016 – famous artists’ exhibit for sale at Wellington school, Wellesley College, to raise funds for scholarships. 3 – 6 November. More >>

Key Suffers Acute Amnesia Over Ruthanasia

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:10:39 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Prime Minister John Key’s boast that his government is the first to raise core benefits in 43 years ignores the horror years of Ruthanasia and Shipley welfare cuts, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.More >>

Journey of Tairāwhiti Social Entrepreneurs Continues

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:25:38 +1300 | Akina Foundation

Ideas are coming together and business models are being developed and tested in the lead up to the final stages of the Thrive Tairāwhiti programme. More >>

Report evaluates urban challenges facing Aotearoa NZ

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:21:52 +1300 | University of Auckland

Managing urbanisation by looking after smaller as well as larger centres, clarifying the political power of local government, and clearly identifying greenhouse gas emission implications of city-based development, are among crucial issues identified in a ...More >>

Whangarei's Canopy Bridge Sleep-Out attracts 65 people

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:10:40 +1300 | Tai Tokerau Emergency Housing

Over 65 people, ranging in age from 6 to over 70 years, braved the volatile weather conditions to sleep-out at Whangarei’s Town Basin Saturday night; mostly on the Canopy Bridge with several taking shelter in their cars.More >>

Sensible Sentencing Trust supports benefits cuts bill

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:26:38 +1300 | Sensible Sentencing Trust

TRUST SUPPORTS CUTTING COMMUNITY BASED OFFENDERS BENEFIT FOR NON COMPLIANCE 15th October 2016 Sensible Sentencing Trust has come out in support of National MP Mark Mitchell’s members bill which would enable corrections to have community-based ...More >>

New Zealand and Australia unite for social equity

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:55:41 +1300 | University of Auckland

The University of Auckland will play a key role in a major trans-Tasman initiative tackling social inequity to be launched by Australian Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra today. More >>

Concens about harmful impact of climate change on children

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:44:13 +1300 | Ora Taiao

This week is World Climate Week. In the same United Nations Committee report damning New Zealand’s inaction on child poverty, the committee has also expressed its concern about the harmful impact of climate change on New Zealand children, especially Maori ...More >>

Community law centres get much needed support

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:11:11 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand’s network of community law centres, who operate out of more than 140 locations across the country, have today received a much needed boost, says Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.More >>

Police Officer’s views on Poverty and Crime

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:30:10 +1300 | Kim Workman

The Police Association Northern delegate who asked Judith Collins about the link between crime and child poverty, didn’t deserve to be publicly savaged, says Dr Kim Workman, adjunct research associate at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria ...More >>


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