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More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:00:56 +1300 | Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission’s More effective social services inquiry aims to shed light on how commissioning and contracting influence the quality and effectiveness of social services, and to suggest actions government agencies and others could take ...More >>

Over 50,000 cans to help Kiwis in need this Christmas

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:56:30 +1300 | Wattie's Cans Film Festival

Wattie’s and The Salvation Army are thrilled with the result. The best yet in 21 years! Movie goers throughout the country donated a total of 21,152 cans to The Salvation Army this year as part of the 21st Annual Wattie’s Cans Film Festival.More >>

PQ 6. Beneficiaries—Whiteware and Optical Programmes

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:28:12 +1300 | Office of the Clerk

6. MATT DOOCEY (National—Waimakariri) to the Minister for Social Development : What reports has she received on the progress of the Government’s whiteware and optical programmes for beneficiaries and low-income New Zealanders? More >>

Minister acknowledges work of sector groups

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:41:26 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has acknowledged the work and commitment of groups across the education system to help lift educational achievement for all students.More >>

MSD procurement a winner

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:40:05 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says preferred supplier agreements for whiteware and optical goods and services are proving a huge winner for beneficiaries, low income people and the taxpayer.More >>

ProCare charity - first call for funding applications

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:23:47 +1300 | ProCare Health

The ProCare Charitable Foundation will be calling for its first funding applications early next year from Aucklanders wanting to improve the health of the region’s high needs communities. Announced at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, ProCare ...More >>

New decile ratings show more kiwi kids living in poverty

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:58:57 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

A shift of 8000 more children into lower decile schools is an indication that more New Zealand families are becoming poorer and that more children are likely to live in low income households.More >>

Pop up Store Giving Back to People Experiencing Homelessness

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:35:41 +1300 | The Street Store

Julian Beacham, an ordinary Kiwi guy, has decided to help less fortunate people in Auckland by organising New Zealand’s inaugural rent and premise free pop-up clothing shop called the Street Store, due to ‘pop up’ along the iconic red fence at 75 ...More >>

$5.1 Million Donations Highest on Record

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:22:08 +1300 | Canterbury Community Trust

Today (Monday 24) at 5.00pm the Canterbury Community Trust will announce $5.1 million in donations approvals for Nelson/Tasman region for the year ending 31 March 2014. This is the highest level of approved donations in its 26 year history.More >>

Wellington region’s Local Heroes honoured

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:51:08 +1300 | New Zealander Of The Year Awards

Everyday people doing exceptional things were the toast of the town tonight (Monday) as the Wellington region honoured its very own “Local Heroes”. More >>

Climate of fear needs addressing

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:07:50 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’sCommunity and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.More >>

PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:38:42 +1300 | PARS

Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure ...More >>

Children's Plea

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:37:04 +1300 | Children's Plea

A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty.More >>

Treasury off track in search for sound policies

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:59:50 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group. More >>

Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:42:49 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area.More >>

‘Star Car’ Driving Up Donations for Charity

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:39:00 +1300 | Wellington City Mission

The Wellington City Mission’s new ‘Star Car’ is off to a roaring start. It’s a small Mission vehicle which has been converted into a mobile billboard and donation facility - equipped with cash donation slots and eftpos machines. Free chocolates ...More >>

Protect children - make family assistance fairer

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:53 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says New Zealand's family assistance package is poorly designed to meet the needs of families facing an increasingly casualised paid work environment.More >>

Countdown launches Christmas Food Rescue Appeal

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:53:42 +1300 | Countdown

Countdown today begins its annual Christmas Food Rescue Appeal to help the growing number of New Zealanders who have registered for food assistance More >>

New Patron for Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:15:04 +1300 | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

It is with pleasure that we announce Hon Dr Pita R Sharples (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai te Kikiri o te Rangi, Ngāti Pahauwera) as the new Patron of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM).More >>

Changes to decile funding ignore the real issue

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:50:24 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

News that the school decile funding system will be reviewed ignores the real issue in primary school resourcing – a 7.5% reduction in funding between 2013 and 2018. More >>


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