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Our Three Wishes for Christmas

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:05:11 +1300 | Rural Women New Zealand

This year Rural Women® ran a very successful awareness campaign, under the umbrella of ‘It’s OK to Ask for Help’, on how to stay safe in the home and where to go for help.More >>

Consultation on NZ report on the Rights of the Child

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:10:50 +1300 | Ministry of Social Development

Sacha O’Dea, General Manager, Ageing, Disability and International of the Ministry of Social Development, announced the opening of public consultation on the Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) ...More >>

Misleading advertising promoting UK pension scheme transfers

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:54:07 +1300 | Financial Markets Authority

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning people to be cautious of potentially misleading and deceptive advertising about transferring United Kingdom pension scheme entitlements to New Zealand.More >>

Anake Goodall appointed Executive Chair

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:20:25 +1300 | Akina Foundation

Anake Goodall has been appointed Executive Chair of the Ākina Foundation, and will begin his role on 1 January 2015. More >>

Free GP Visits for Seniors Makes Economic Sense

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:36:39 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

Giving three free GP visits to SuperGold cardholders makes economic sense -- the freebie to see the doctor will save health dollars, says New Zealand First. More >>

Welfare system out of date and out of touch

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:27:58 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

A tough time for problem gamblers

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:41:48 +1300 | Salvation Army

The Christmas holiday period can be an excruciating time for problem gamblers and a time of grief for their families. More >>

Children suffer: welfare's outdated ideas on relationships

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:25:49 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

A CPAG report released today argues that the use of a 'couple' as the unit for determining welfare support is confusing and outdated, and can have serious harmful effects on children. The report has been written to raise awareness of these disturbing issues ...More >>

Govt must review welfare so its fit for purpose

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:23:19 +1300 | Green Party

The Government must commit to a comprehensive review of the welfare system following a report that shows the children of some beneficiaries are being unfairly penalised and are missing out as a result, the Green Party said today.More >>

Budgeting Services get $2 million boost

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:51:42 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says new government investment of $2 million will bolster community budgeting services. More >>

Need to take heed of OECD report in school funding

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:27:24 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

The Government needs to ensure that any review of school funding will take account an OECD report that says all children need equal opportunity to access quality education. More >>

National’s Wrecking Ball Ruining Lives And Economy

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:51:06 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

National’s narrow thinkers are wedded to failed economic policies that the OECD says are hurting Kiwis and the country as a whole, says New Zealand First. More >>

Max Rashbrooke: New Zealand performs poorly on inequality

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:55:14 +1300 | Bridget Williams Books

A major OECD report out today provides new evidence that growing income gaps damage economic growth - with New Zealand singled out as the country whose economy has suffered most.More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Ex-Tolleying the virtues of the Poor

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:40:27 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley's reference to the "small lives" of the Poor has been suffocated in its infancy (before it grew legs) by tight control of New Zealand media.More >>

Over 5000 Items of Clothing Donated at Street Store Auckland

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:31:21 +1300 | The Street Store

Over 5000 items of clothing and shoes were donated yesterday to the Street Store – the international crusade sweeping the globe designed to draw people together by creating a pop up store for people experiencing homelessness.More >>

Final push for 26 weeks paid parental leave

Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:18:00 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks will have its last debate in Parliament this afternoon. “From the outset I have said this Bill would prove which political parties truly did prioritise the needs of children ...More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon : In a Hole in the Ground

Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:55:51 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Tolkien's books reveal that even the green and pleasant Shire is not immune to the evils of the wide world. And in little ol' NZ, we have 260,000 poor hobbits. More >>

Improving housing to improve health wins top science prize

Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:26:25 +1300 | PM's Science Prizes

A 28-member team of scientists whose research over more than 15 years has involved thousands of New Zealanders, earned international acclaim and informed policy developments for successive New Zealand governments has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science ...More >>

Monitor shows bold action needed to reduce child poverty

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:31:02 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

The 2014 Child Poverty Monitor released today shows that reducing child poverty will require bold and sustained commitment from government. More >>

Health Issues Highlighted in Child Poverty Monitor

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 08:51:24 +1300 | University of Otago

Although the just released second annual Child Poverty Monitor has revealed a small decrease in the number of New Zealand children living in income poverty, researchers involved in its preparation say there is still much to address in terms of health ...More >>

 

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