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New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:42:13 +1300 | Public Service Association

The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone.More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Park of Caravanquished Dreams

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:30:24 +1300 | Martin Doyle

The acceptance as a fact of life that people will now live in cars and caravans not only spells the end of certain people's dreams. It also spells the end of the New Zealand dream. Pity the children.More >>

False birth registration brings home detention

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:43:58 +1300 | Department Of Internal Affairs

A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today.More >>

Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:09:27 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.More >>

NZ home loan affordability flat as house prices stagnate

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:29:25 +1300 | Roost Home Loan Affordability Report

The full media release is attached which includes important additional information, including links to all Regional Reports ... Here is an extract. More >>

Mission, Marae celebrate first year of food bank partnership

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:06:30 +1300 | Auckland City Mission

For the past year the Papakura Marae, through its partnership with the Auckland City Mission, has been able to provide Papakura families in desperate need with nutritionally balanced food parcels. The Mission has also supported the marae with equipment, expertise ...More >>

On The Nation this weekend

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:30 +1300 | The Nation

This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve almost ...More >>

Government loses the affordable housing race

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:45:32 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. More >>

Speech from the Throne: State Opening of Parliament, 21 Oct

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:25 +1300 | Governor General

Following the General Election, a National-led Government has been formed with a majority in the House on confidence and supply. Confidence and supply agreements have been signed between the National Party and, respectively, the ACT Party and ...More >>

Sole Parents lead the way in benefit drop

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:50:39 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes the latest release of benefit figures showing the number of people on welfare for the September quarter is the lowest since 2008, with sole parents leading the impressive results.More >>

Gordon Campbell: child poverty and Shearer’s latest outburst

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:41:49 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

The politicisation of (a) the public service and (b) the operations of the Official Information Act have been highlighted by the policy advice package on child poverty that RNZ’s resolute political editor Brent Edwards has finally prised out of the ...More >>

Families need more money to reduce child poverty

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:11:41 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children ( The Nation 11th Oct ) and CPAG challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way to reduce the worst ...More >>

Government has abandoned at-risk youth

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:24:13 +1300 | Salvation Army

Latest education and training figures suggest the Government cut education programmes for at-risk youth even as youth unemployment increased. More >>

Returning home to support our youth

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:19:53 +1300 | Youth Horizons Trust

For Terri and William, coming home to Whangarei was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when. More >>

JR McKenzie Trust Thrilled with Indigenous Accolade

Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:17:12 +1300 | J R McKenzie Trust

The J R McKenzie Trust is thrilled to have received the 2014 IFIP (International Funders for Indigenous Peoples) Award that was created to encourage donors to fund indigenous communities worldwide. More >>

Time to Take Action on Housing Crisis

Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:41:07 +1300 | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council strongly supports the Government’s recent statement that insufficient land supply and overly restrictive district plans are the cause of soaring house prices. More >>

Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:00:09 +1300 | Fonua Ola Network Trust

I am very pleased and proud to announce that Kathleen Tuai-Ta’ufo’ou has been appointed to the new position of Chief Executive Officer for the Fonua Ola Network Trust.More >>

Free rentals for families in need

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:20:17 +1300 | Lucky Rentals

Families can now get car rental free of charge if they need to visit young family members in hospital. Lucky Rentals, a NZ owned vehicle rental group, is helping out Kiwis when they want to visit sick relatives that aren’t close by.More >>

Urban planning not to blame for inequality

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:34:29 +1300 | NZ Planning Institute

Regardless of whether the government accepts or rejects a growing gap in equality within New Zealand, it has agreed that there are a variety of national and international issues that cause inequality, including finance and tax policy, under and un-employment, ...More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Bring out your bodies!

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:27:17 +1300 | Martin Doyle

It defies belief: the man who only five years ago refused to pay his rent [and was forced to pay back $32,000 to the State] is now turning his attention to the housing needs of poor renters. Time to be worried.More >>


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