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Libyan human rights defenders under attack – UN report

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:38:03 +1300 | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (25 March 2015) – A UN human rights report released on Wednesday reveals a catalogue of violent attacks and threats against Libyan rights defenders, across Libya – and in some cases even after they are forced to leave the country. More >>

Fraud reforms continue to save taxpayer money

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:45:54 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Social Development Jo Goodhew has welcomed news that since benefit fraud reform initiatives began two years ago, up to $60 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved. “Over the past two and a half years around 9,500 benefits ...More >>

State House WOF Trial Results Withheld Too Long

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:54:31 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says the Government is deliberately hiding results of the national warrant of fitness (WOF) trial for state houses at the expense of vulnerable New Zealanders. More >>

New Social Housing Strategy adopted

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:52:15 +1300 | Palmerston North City Council

The Strategy, aimed at providing warm, stable and affordable housing for people on low incomes, was adopted at Council yesterday. The Strategy will help meet the needs of people aged 65 plus, people with disabilities, and people who experience barriers ...More >>

From Basic Income To Social Dividends: Sharing Resources

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:02:20 +1300 | Share the World's Resources

From Basic Income To Social Dividends: Sharing The Value Of Common Resources By Rajesh Makwana, Share The World's Resources More >>

United States breaks ground on new U.S. embassy in N'Djamena

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:03:57 +1300 | US Department Of State

U.S. Ambassador to Chad James Knight broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena today, a milestone in the enduring friendship with the Republic of Chad. More >>

World Water Day – Sunday 22 March

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:06:56 +1300 | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

‘All eyes on post-2015 to reduce the inequality gap in access to water and sanitation’ – UN expert More >>

Vulnerable Children Not Guaranteed Registered Social Workers

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:13:13 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

The Government continues to blatantly ignore calls for mandatory registration of New Zealand’s social workers, says New Zealand First. More >>

ICRC appeals for funds to scale up humanitarian action

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:16:18 +1300 | ICRC

Khartoum (ICRC) – Today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking donors for an additional 25 million Swiss francs (about 26 million dollars), in addition to the five million francs already budgeted, to finance its assistance ...More >>

Dementia a public health priority and human rights concern

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:59:08 +1300 | United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

“Dementia, a public health priority and a human rights concern” – UN expert on older people More >>

Report highlights needs of disabled children

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:15:03 +1300 | UNICEF

A new report by the Child Poverty Action Group highlights the invisibility of disabled children in Government policy making and significant gaps in data. The report titled ‘It shouldn’t be this hard’ also points out the difficulties families face ...More >>

Alarm bells over disability support

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:07:17 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government needs to re-think the support it provides for growing numbers of New Zealand children living with disabilities, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “A report from the Child Poverty Action Group shows that of the 95,000 ...More >>

Govt cut-backs hit families of children with disabilities

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:57:06 +1300 | Green Party

The Green Party is demanding an urgent explanation from the Government about why the number of disability allowances for children has been slashed, despite the number of children with disabilities increasing. The Child Poverty Action Group’s (CPAG) ...More >>

New Lending Code fails to cap high interest rates

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:16:49 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

The Responsible Lending Code released yesterday will not protect consumers against the sharp teeth of predatory lending, says Child Poverty Action Group. More >>

NZ First Orphans Bill Progresses

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:09:38 +1300 |

An opposition party MPs Members Bill on welfare support has completed its second reading with the support of all parties. More >>

Big reduction in young mums on benefit

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:52:08 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of young mothers requiring a benefit has almost halved since 2009, meaning better lives for these families and fewer long-term beneficiaries.More >>

Catalysing New Zealand’s Impact Investment Sector

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:11:12 +1300 | Akina Foundation

As part of Ākina Foundation’s commitment to growing social enterprise in New Zealand, they are keen to scale the connection of promising ventures to funds. Impact investment is at a fledgling stage locally yet is beginning to thrive in places like the US, ...More >>

First Nations Visit To Swap Ideas With Iwi

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:05:15 +1300 | Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government

If anyone wants to see what Tino Rangitira could look like Paul Stanley urges a visit to the First Nations Listuguj clan. More >>

Growth needed to fix NZ’s wicked problems

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:58:17 +1300 | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (13 March 2015): If you have recently been told that economic growth makes us unhappy, that it spoils the environment and that it increases inequality in society, think again. That is the key message of a new report from public policy think tank ...More >>

Kiwi celebrities take a stand against poverty

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:53:22 +1300 | World Vision New Zealand

Four celebrity teams have chosen to take a stand against poverty by signing on for this year's World Vision 40 Hour Famine. The teams will compete to raise the most money for Bangladesh which has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world.More >>


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