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Women’s Refuge raise funds for youth development programme

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:57:47 +1200 | Wellington Womens Refuge

Lens cloths sold over the counters at The Warehouse will help to make a huge contribution to the Women’s Refuge this year. More >>

'No justification' for Government delay on benefit increases

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:56:59 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says the Minister of Social Development Minister should give a full explanation of why benefit levels were not raised immediately following the 2015 Budget.More >>

Need to end violence against children in conflict

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:59:37 +1200 | UN News

‘We should be outraged’ more not being done to end violence against children in conflict – UNICEF chief More >>

Labour will fix broken health and safety bill

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:47:17 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has heeded forestry widow Deborah McMillan's protest outside National’s conference today and is stepping in to fix the government's broken health and safety law, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour issues, Iain Lees-GallowayMore >>

Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:18:17 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary ...More >>

Study Suggests Low Social Service Use Among Vulnerable Kids

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:40:23 +1200 | Growing Up in New Zealand

Auckland, 24 July 2015 – Only one in five families whose toddlers were considered most at risk of vulnerability from birth accessed social support services in their first 1000 days of life, according to a new report on early childhood vulnerability, ...More >>

Youth Service extension bill passes first reading

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:06:48 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a bill extending the successful Youth Service to better support 19 year old parents and other unemployed 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence has passed its first reading. Youth ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on new bureaucratic tests for solo parents

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:01:04 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Offhand, its hard to think of a more cynical example of political opportunism than the requirement that solo parents will now need to re-apply for their benefits each year. This new rule is being enforced in the full knowledge that a significant number ...More >>

Sole parents at risk of having no income

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:47:22 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni ...More >>

Government must act to fix ACC rot

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:31:51 +1200 | Green Party

Government must act to fix ACC rot The Green Party is calling on the Government to permanently ditch its plans for an ACC appeals tribunal and act immediately to ensure ACC has fairer and more just processes. The call comes after the release of ...More >>

Productivity Gains From Workplace Protection

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:18 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Let us start with as word of appreciation to the Zonta Club of Wellington, the National Council of Women’s Wellington branch and Graduate Women Wellington for the invitation and opportunity to present New Zealand First’s political view on tonight’s subject. ...More >>

Women’s Debate on Productivity and Domestic Violence

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:44:43 +1200 | Francis Cook

The Annual Women’s Debate took place on Tuesday evening at the Royal Society of New Zealand. The topic was "the economic impact of domestic violence", following from a recent report and recommendation from economist Suzanne Snively. The debate was presented by the Zonta Club of Wellington, Graduate Women Wellington and the National Council of Women Wellington.More >>

Increase in Kickstart Breakfasts Admission of Failure

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:47:01 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

The government is touting the increase of “Kickstart Breakfast” numbers in schools as a success, however it is nothing more than an admission that they are failing miserably, says New Zealand First.More >>

PM’s “belief” that Kiwis can buy a home an insult

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:15:58 +1200 | Green Party

PM’s “belief” that Kiwis can buy a home an insult Prime Minister John Key’s comment that he “believes” low income New Zealanders could one day buy a home is an insult to Kiwis who have been priced out of the market by Government inaction ...More >>

Simpson Grierson Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Youthline

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:08:30 +1200 | Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson Celebrates 10 Years of Supporting Youthline Simpson Grierson is celebrating 10 years of supporting Youthline, the organisation committed to helping New Zealand's young people. Youthline is Simpson Grierson's main charitable partner. ...More >>

Employers must adapt to older workers’ needs

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:05:32 +1200 | Massey University

Employers will need to consider more flexible work schedules and reduced hours to accommodate the needs of an expanding older workforce, according to Massey University researchers.More >>

Waikato-Tainui 2015 Annual Result Announced

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:47:29 +1200 | Waikato Tainui Group

Waikato-Tainui is reporting solid performance in a year significant for advances in its social development initiatives, environment programmes, diversification of its commercial activities and the 20th anniversary of its historic Raupatu settlement.More >>

Further consultation on improving resolution of ACC appeals

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:18:07 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Courts Minister Amy Adams and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have today announced further consultation on the proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal. More >>

Government should review benefit levels

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:44:33 +1200 | Green Party

The Government should review benefit levels, following official advice showing that a family of four on welfare is likely to have $72 less per week than what they need to provide for the core essential items, the Green Party says. Advice provided by ...More >>

KickStart serves 5 millionth breakfast this week

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:54:24 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the five millionth KickStart breakfast since the Government expanded the programme will be served this week. More >>


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