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First-in-Family Scholarships to open the door for university

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:57:01 +1200 | AUT University

The Woolf Fisher Trust and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have combined to establish the Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships to support and encourage young people from families with no history of successful university education to ...More >>

Election results bad news for those on benefits

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:25:42 +1200 | Benefit Action

Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support ...More >>

New Zealand parties express sham concern for the poor

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:07:05 +1200 | World Socialist Web Site

New Zealand parties express sham concern for the poor By John Braddock 20 September 2014 More >>

Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:58:51 +1200 | Gareth Morgan Foundation

Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues. More >>

An open letter to all students: Students Matter

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:40:56 +1200 | NZ Union of Students' Associations

Students have a critical role to play in the outcome of the General Election. There are 417,516 students in New Zealand and we make up 14% of the total number of voters. We have the collective power to decide who is leading the next Government. Every ...More >>

Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:27:38 +1200 | Beneficiary Advocacy Federation

Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”More >>

Voters urged to look past the lies and half-truths

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:21:23 +1200 | The Maori Party

Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and HonTariana Turia says they’ve been staggered by the blatant lies and half-truths that have been levelled at the party in the last seven days. More >>

Why power prices matter

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:12:25 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

News that the CEO of Contact Energy is now earning $1.7 million a year, or $33,000 a week, has shocked many New Zealanders and reinforces the urgent need for Labour’s NZ Power policy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Par-ker says.More >>

Kapiti Run for Youth right behind Youth Quest

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:20:29 +1200 | Kapiti Business Projects

Youth Quest! Who are they? They are a mentoring programme that works with passion to help young Kapiti boys get on the right track and stay there. “80% of our funding comes from private sources so we are constantly working with groups and individuals ...More >>

Pregnancy Help Welcomes Green Party Packs for Newborn Babies

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:43:13 +1200 | Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Help applauds Metiria Turei acknowledging that “for many parents the birth of a new child is a highly stressful and financially straining time” and the desire for every child to thrive. More >>

Student Loan Debt Continues to Climb

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:24:40 +1200 | NZ Union of Students' Associations

Student Loan Debt Continues to Climb – and students’ fear for the future mounts with it. More >>

Shut Down This Govt Not Kaiti WINZ

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:54:24 +1200 | Mana Party

"I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can" is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close the WINZ office in Kaiti.More >>

National to reduce benefit numbers by 25 per cent

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:08:30 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

A re-elected National Government will reduce the number of people on welfare by 25 per cent, with a series of new initiatives to support beneficiaries into work. “We’re making a difference with stronger expectations and greater support. The plan we’ve ...More >>

Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:23 +1200 | PARS

It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme, ...More >>

Mana makes more wild statements – this time about Whānau Ora

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:28:06 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Earlier this week the Mana candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes claimed the Government wants to abolish the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court. Last night the Mana candidate for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira claimed on the Native Affairs debate ...More >>

Has household income inequality really changed?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:16:48 +1200 | Grant Thornton

Peter Sherwin, Partner, Privately Held Business at Grant Thornton New Zealand, looks at New Zealand household incomes, the numbers of ‘poor households’ and how things have changed in this country over the last 20 years in light of a myriad of statements ...More >>

Green Party will help students in financial distress

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:17 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party will stop National’s campaign of punishing tertiary students and do more than any other party to support young Kiwis into study, Green Party students spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.More >>

Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:47:53 +1200 | FiftyFifty

Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids ...More >>

Political Debate on Family Violence - Video & Audio

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:36:03 +1200 | Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence

The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives ...More >>

Fire highlights the need for action on youth homelessness

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:21:54 +1200 | Lifewise

The death of young Christchurch resident, Corey James Mclean, over the weekend highlights the growing problem of youth homelessness in New Zealand. With more than half of New Zealand’s homeless under the age of 25, youth homelessness is not only an economic ...More >>


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