Budget 2017 and the voices of young people

Anya_ComVoices (1)Anya Satynand
Executive Officer
Ara Taiohi

Youth Week 2017 begins today! Over the next 9 days we’re encouraging young people to stand up, to speak, and to be counted. We want to amplify conversations about our astounding young people, and more importantly, conversations with them. We’ll count all the different ways that young people are making their voices heard, and remind the country about why we should listen to the perspectives of more of our young people in our communities, our democracy, and our economy. Read more »

Initiatives aimed at boosting tourism facilities get funding

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Community-based organisations with projects aimed at developing visitor facilities have received a funding boost with the allocation of several grants from most of our district’s community boards. Read more »

$8m pay rise for community-based midwives

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives are set to receive their share of an $8 million pay increase. Read more »

Budget ‘fail’ on local climate change solutions

Press Release – Forest Industry Contractors Association

The Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA) is concerned at what wasn’t in yesterdays Budget. The stagnant level of funding for growing local forests is not good enough for dealing with climate change challenges. We have a land base and … Read more »

Strategies needed to prevent malnutrition in older people

Press Release – Massey University

New research from Massey University shows concerning levels of malnutrition among older people living independently in the community or newly admitted to hospital or a residential care facility. Read more »

Kaye: $1.5 billion Budget boost for education

Speech – New Zealand Government

Tn koutou katoa. Welcome. Its a pleasure to be here today to talk about my first Budget as Education Minister. Read more »

Slim pickings for Pacific people in Budget

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Aupito William Sio MP for Mngere Pacific Island Affairs Interfaith Dialogue Assoc. Foreign Affairs (Pacific Climate Change) Assoc. Ethnic Communities Read more »

Affirming diverse sexualities and genders in schools

Press Release – Post Primary Teachers’ Association

The PPTA is launching an updated and refreshed set of guidelines for schools to help them create a safe and affirming environment for all students. PPTA believes that gender and sexuality should never be barriers to student engagement and achievement. Read more »

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Budget

Column – Gordon Campbell

I t may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce is this Budget really as good as it gets? Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards an election year … Read more »

Budget 2017 partly delivers social investment in housing

Press Release – Community Housing Aotearoa

Community housing organisations say there are gains in the 2017 budget but wider investment in housing would have had greater positive social outcomes for New Zealanders. Read more »

Rural people shouldn’t be second class citizens

Press Release – Federated Farmers

A rural health road map which sets out top priorities for healthier rural communities is being explored as one avenue to addressing the challenges the modern day farmer faces. Read more »