Latest Welfare Headlines

Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:32:45 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the new measures announced by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi, that will strengthen the net of protection for vulnerable consumers in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA).More >>

Shakti calls for pay equity for NGO sector

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:05:21 +1300 | Shakti Community Council

Shakti calls for pay equity for NGO sector With the recent pay equity settlement for Oranga Tamariki workers, Shakti echoes the distressed concerns of Anglican Trust for Women and Children and Barnados. The widening of the pay gap between the NGO ...More >>

We need to put the heart back into our social support system

Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:28:41 +1300 | Green Party

Vulnerable New Zealanders owing $1.5 billion in debt to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) shows just how low benefits are, and how we desperately need to put the heart back into our social support system so people aren’t spiralling into further poverty ...More >>

Green Party: It’s time to improve the lives of our poorest

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:43:50 +1300 | Green Party

Green Party: It’s time to improve the lives of our poorest and renters after years of neglect from National The Ministry of Social Development’s Household Income report shows that this Government is focusing on the right areas, with it becoming ...More >>

Kiwis better off under the National Government

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:36:32 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

Today’s MSD Household Incomes Report shows household incomes grew steadily over the term of the National Government, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says.More >>

Household Incomes Report released

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:34:43 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni welcomed the release today of the thirteenth Household Incomes Report and the complementary Material Wellbeing report. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the govt’s feeble response to loan sharks

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 12:35:46 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

When it comes down to protecting the most vulnerable, Parliament can sometimes move at glacial pace, and do the bare minimum. The coalition government’s attempts to minimise the harm done by loan sharks comes nearly 12 years after a major report ...More >>

The Crown held to account over Māori Health

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:49:28 +1300 | Wai 1315 claimants

The Wai Wai 1315 claimants representing Māori intend to hold the Crown to account over Māori health at Tūrangawaewae Marae before the Waitangi Tribunal starting 15 October.More >>

Māori Leaders in Health mount historic Waitangi Claim

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:47:05 +1300 | Joint Media Statement

Claims from two groups of Māori health leaders are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal from 15 October next week at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia as part of stage one of the its national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.More >>

Government crackdown on loan sharks

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:43:53 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Cap on total interest and fees charged • Stiff penalties for loan sharks who break rules • ‘Fit and proper person’ test for lenders, door-to-door salespeople and truck shopsMore >>

More KiwiSavers withdrawing funds to survive financially

Tue, 9 Oct 2018 16:45:35 +1300 | RNZ

Reliance on KiwiSaver to buy a first home or survive financially, has grown in the past year. More >>

Designing for the Majority

Tue, 9 Oct 2018 13:59:42 +1300 | Beneficiary Advisory Service

When we talk about paid work, we don’t concentrate on the few that rip off their boss or cheat on their taxes, as these are the minor few. It is the same with beneficiaries or any group of people. There will be a small percentage of unsavoury people, but ...More >>

ANZASW statement on allegations of grooming

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 15:08:40 +1300 | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is deeply shocked by allegations that a social worker from Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, groomed a teenager for sex. If these claims are proven to be true it would amount ...More >>

Cost of Greens’ proposal to remove benefit sanctions

Mon, 8 Oct 2018 09:35:21 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A new report from the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union shows the success of benefit sanctions, explains why efforts to make life on a benefit easier simply encourage a culture of welfare dependency and fraud, and exposes that more than one third of ...More >>

AAAP to rally at welfare consultation meetings

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 16:36:44 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) is running community consultations around the country, where people are able to voice their vision for the future of the welfare system. On Monday, 8th of October, at 10am , the WEAG is having its South ...More >>

Community Fun Day: Bringing Awareness to World Homeless Day

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 10:50:01 +1300 | Compassion Soup Kitchen

Community Fun Day: Bringing Awareness to World Homeless Day A community collaboration between Wellington agencies for World Homeless Day. On Saturday 13 October, over eight different local Wellington community organisations are hosting a community ...More >>

IHC welcomes support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Fri, 5 Oct 2018 10:17:03 +1300 | IHC

IHC welcomes the news that the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has received unanimous support from the Social Service and Select Committee, with cross party support.More >>

Children’s Commissioner commends cross party support

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:58:55 +1300 | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner is delighted by the announcement this afternoon that the Child Poverty Reduction Bill will receive cross party support. More >>

Save the Children Pleased with Child Poverty Bill Support

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:18:19 +1300 | Save The Children

Save the Children Pleased with Support for Child Poverty Bill Date: 4/10/2018 Save the Children New Zealand are delighted to see that the Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has received unanimous support from the Social Service and Community ...More >>

Cross party support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill welcome

Thu, 4 Oct 2018 20:14:46 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

The cross party support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill is a significant step forward for children and young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand. More >>


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