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Statistics New Zealand Reports Concerning Increase In Child Poverty Rates For 2023

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 20:04:53 +1300 | Barnardos

Statistics New Zealand's latest report on child poverty in Aotearoa paints a concerning picture of growing hardship for tamariki nationwide. The figures for the financial year ending June 2023, demonstrate a “statistically significant increase” in ...More >>

Chief Ombudsman Calls For Changes To Oranga Tamariki 'On Scale Rarely Required’

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:28:24 +1300 | Office of the Ombudsman

Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is calling on the Government to make changes to Oranga Tamariki on a scale rarely required of a government agency. "I am making this call because I regret to say I cannot yet provide reassurance that Oranga Tamariki’s ...More >>

CPAG: PM Luxon On Track To Break Election Promise On Child Poverty

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:39:41 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

Latest child poverty statistics that show an extra 23,400 children are living in material hardship are a stark warning for New Zealand with progress made in recent years now going backwards, according to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Around ...More >>

Proposed Amendments To Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & IT Amendment Bill: Impact On Vulnerable Communities

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 18:00:40 +1300 | E Tipu e Rea Whanau

The proposed amendments to the Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & Income Tax Amendment Bill have raised significant concerns regarding their potential impact on the most vulnerable members of our community. If these amendments are enacted ...More >>

Proposed Benefit Changes Will Batter New Zealand Families Living With Intellectual Disability

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:38:33 +1300 | IHC New Zealand

IHC Director of Advocacy, Tania Thomas, says the Government is making decisions about benefits on the fly and not on evidence, which is putting intellectually disabled New Zealanders at serious risk. “Indexing benefit increases to inflation and not ...More >>

Prime Minister's Punitive Welfare Sanctions Will Harm Children And Their Learning

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:28:20 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

New Zealand’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, strongly condemns the punitive sanctions against people on welfare benefits Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced this afternoon, saying that any sanctions a government takes ...More >>

Government Begins Reset Of Welfare System

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:38:48 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The coalition government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister ...More >>

Children Working To Help Their Families Fly Under Radar: CPAG

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 20:13:46 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

As many as 15,000 teenagers are taking on paid work to help pay for family basics and government agencies urgently need to find out how many are dropping out of school to do so, the Child Poverty Action Group says. CPAG is urgently calling for adequate ...More >>

Save The Children Concerned By Changes To Benefit Indexing

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 20:11:58 +1300 | Save The Children

Save the Children New Zealand today expressed serious concerns that changes to the indexing of benefits, rushed through Parliament under urgency yesterday, may lead to lower benefit levels in the future that could increase hardship for New Zealand’s ...More >>

Wellington Forum Makes It Easier For Veterans To Access Support

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 13:27:41 +1300 | Joint Press Release

A one-stop-shop of services for veterans is coming to Wellington in March. Veterans' Affairs is putting the call out for serving and former New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to join them on Saturday 2 March for their Greater Wellington Veterans’ ...More >>

Cost Of Living Support For Beneficiary Households

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:28:06 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development ...More >>

Coalition Of Campaigners Calls For Changes To Relationship Rules In Welfare System This Valentine’s Day

Tue, 13 Feb 2024 09:20:12 +1300 | Fairer Future Group

  A coalition of welfare advocacy and child poverty action groups is doing something a little different this Valentine’s Day. Fairer Future – a group that campaigned successfully for higher benefit levels ahead of the 2021 budget – is ...More >>

On National’s Misleading Policy Packaging

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:27:08 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Truth in packaging can be a political rarity, but the gap between what the Luxon administration says it is doing and what its policies will actually deliver is looking as wide as the Grand Canyon. Is it possible to run a government for three years purely ...More >>

National Govt Will Make More People Poorer

Sun, 11 Feb 2024 13:48:12 +1300 | Green Party

The Social Development Minister, Louise Upston’s plan to increase benefit sanctions and decrease the rate at which benefits increase each year will make life harder for thousands and push more people into hardship. “Everybody should have a warm ...More >>

Government’s Policies Will Make It Harder For Unemployed Workers

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 09:45:09 +1300 | NZCTU

NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff is concerned that the Government’s welfare and employment policies will make it harder for people who lose their jobs, following the release of new employment data. The data shows that unemployment rose for the ...More >>

Income Support For Unemployed Must Be Urgently Increased

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 14:21:36 +1300 | Green Party

Stats NZ unemployment data released today further highlights the urgent need for this government to step up and provide everyone with enough to get by. “Everyone has the right to safe, decent, and meaningful work. But when we may find ourselves ...More >>

Exploitation Of Benefit System Will Result In Sanctions

Tue, 23 Jan 2024 09:10:09 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

“Healthy people claiming employment benefits long-term will soon find it tougher to evade work,” says ACT spokesperson for Social Development and Employment Dr Parmjeet Parmar. “ACT’s coalition agreement secured a commitment to implement ...More >>

Christians Against Poverty Heartened By Enforcement Of Responsible Lending Laws

Thu, 18 Jan 2024 14:49:53 +1300 | Christians Against Poverty

Client Advocate Sam Mani says Christians Against Poverty is heartened to see the Commerce Commission take enforcement action against lenders who continue to disregard the law and cause hardship and distress. “Despite the strengthening of responsible ...More >>

Benefit Numbers Show Scale Of Repair Job Ahead

Thu, 18 Jan 2024 09:51:45 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Benefit numbers released today paint a grim picture of the previous government’s economic mismanagement, Social Development and Employment Minister, Louise Upston says.More >>

Acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner Responds To Mini Budget

Fri, 22 Dec 2023 15:12:40 +1300 | Human Rights Commission

“It is hard to see how some of the choices made for the mini budget will ensure human rights and a life of dignity for all, especially for those stuck in struggle town,” says Acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo. ...More >>


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