Community Scoop

Archive for August, 2013

Blanket reforms set refugees up to fail

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Revelations that Work and Income is sending generic letters to refugees threatening their benefits –in a language they can’t even read– beggars belief, says Labours Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. Read more »

Police must step back from Arthur Allan Thomas case

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

News that police have been interviewing Arthur Allan Thomas and his family over alibis for the 1970 Crewe murders is an outrage and shows contempt for the judicial processes that exonerated him more than 30 years ago, say Labour MPs Andrew Little and Kris … Read more »

Court ruling fails to uphold equity and child wellbeing

Press Release – Every Child Counts

The Court of Appeal ruling released yesterday that the discrimination inherent in the In-Work Tax Credit is justified, ignores the evidence that poverty is damaging children and government policy is a central cause, says Every Child Counts. Read more »

Tongan Language Week to be celebrated across the country

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says Tongan Language Week is a great opportunity for the Tongan community to help ensure the preservation of their language and culture in New Zealand. Read more »

“Government discriminates against low-income children”

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group sought a declaration from the Court of Appeal that the In Work Tax Credit, worth at least $60 a week for low income families, unjustifiably discriminates by leaving out families on benefits. While agreeing that there is discrimination, … Read more »

Dr. ‘Death’ and New Zealand’s Chief Coroner at Loggerheads

Article – Euthanasia Free NZ

Commenting on new statistics released on August 26th. that showed increasing rates of suicide in women and the elderly, the Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean expressed concern about the high rate of suicide in people aged in their 80s and beyond. The … Read more »

NZ children lose again

Press Release – Green Party

Todays decision by the Court of Appeal dismissing an appeal by the Child Poverty Action Group condemns children whose parents are without employment to on-going poverty, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today. Read more »

First tastes best at nationwide school cooking competition

Press Release – MAGGI Kitchen Showdown

Nearly 400 budding culinary stars from around the country took part in the fourth annual MAGGI Kitchen Showdown cooking competition which finished this week. Read more »

Liquor store owner ordered to pay over $211,000

Press Release – Whitehead Group

It was announced today that an Auckland liquor store owner has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay $211,574.00 in penalties and lost wages. Read more »

Performance artist invited to Venice Biennale

Press Release – University of Auckland

A performance artist from West Auckland has been invited to exhibit at the 55th Venice Biennale. Dr Mark Harvey, a Senior Lecturer from Dance Studies at The University of Aucklands National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, has been invited … Read more »

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