Archive for June, 2015

Clearer labour market process for employers

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A new streamlined labour market test process in Queenstown will benefit employers trying to fill low-skilled vacancies, say Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse. Read more »

Better protections for victims of cyberbullying

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A Bill to curb cyberbullying and better support victims passed its third and final reading in Parliament today with overwhelming cross-party support. The Harmful Digital Communications Bill introduces a range of measures to address damaging electronic … Read more »

QLDC Adopts 10 Year Plan

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes District Council

After two years of zero average rates increases, the Queenstown Lakes District Council has adopted a 10 Year Plan that will see an average 1.2% rates rise for 2015-16 and an average 2.8% annual increase over the next decade, while delivering major improvements … Read more »

Does Government understand what New Zealanders expect of it?

photo of dave HendersonDave Henderson
Manager, External Relations, Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Writing a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’ Draft Report on Social Services caused me to do some thinking about the relationship between government and the community and voluntary sector, how that is changing, and why.

It’s pretty clear in the ongoing confusion of ideas and announcements around the future of community housing that government is being forced by public opinion to take on responsibility for some things it is not ideologically comfortable with.

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Women’s Refuge Votes for Teuila Blakely as Ambassador

Press Release – Women’s Refuge

Teuila Blakely has done herself, her family and friends and Women’s Refuge proud with her fabulous performances during Dancing with the Stars,” says Women’s Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury. Read more »

Southern DHB Celebrating Enrolled Nurses Day today

Press Release – Southern District Health Board

Today is National Enrolled Nurses Day and to celebrate the day this year the Southern Region Enrolled Nurse Section, one of 11 Regional Sections in New Zealand, presented a framed Enrolled Nurse pledge form to the Southern District Health Board for their … Read more »

Harmful Digital Communications Bill Passes

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The Harmful Digital Communications Bill completed its third reading despite many MPs expressing misgivings and calling for a review if it does have a chilling effect on free speech. Read more »

More support and progress in storm recovery

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye says dedicated recovery managers are on the ground to coordinate the recovery led by local authorities, in areas affected by the recent severe storm. Regional recovery managers appointed by Civil Defence Emergency … Read more »

Free Contraception For Teens Flawed & Harmful

Press Release – Family First

Family First NZ says that calls for free contraceptives to be made available to teens is flawed, morally bankrupt, and will actually do more harm than good. It will also undermine the important and protective role of parents and ignore their valid concerns. … Read more »

More time for relocations from red zone

Press Release – CERA

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) has allowed extensions beyond todays flat land red zone clearance target so that dwellings wanted for further use can be spared from demolition and relocated. As of 30 June, 6945 of 7041 … Read more »

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