Welfare Headlines

Study aims to find human impact of living wage

Press Release – Massey University

The final stage of Massey Universitys living wage research project kicks off today with the launch of the Waging Well survey, which will focus on what a living wage means for workers. Read more »

Waikato District sees small increase in crime

Press Release – New Zealand Police

The Waikato District experienced a 1.9% increase in total recorded crime for the 2013/14 year. Waikato Police District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird says “Obviously it’s not the picture we’d like to see – we’re committed to reducing crime further … Read more »

Life Central set to run CAP Money in Early October 2014

Press Release – Christians Against Poverty

Money Week is just around the corner so to celebrate, why not make it your goal to get your finances in order? Read more »

Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament

Press Release – The Maori Party

Hes got to be joking! is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates are needed in … Read more »

National hiding numbers on effect of welfare penalty

Press Release – Green Party

The Government needs to start reporting the effects of welfare reforms on children, said the Green Party today. Read more »

Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour

Column – Gordon Campbell

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Partys latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary … Read more »

Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group. Read more »

Barnardos to develop 21st century childcare service

Press Release – Barnardos

Barnardos, through support from the Akina Foundation, is to develop a high quality flexible childcare service to assist parents to enter and stay in the workforce. Read more »

Successful social enterprise teams announced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the announcement of the teams who will take part in a pilot programme to support new social enterprise start-ups. Read more »

Communities Still Count

Trevor McGlinchey - Executive Officer, NZCCSS

Trevor McGlinchey – Executive Officer, NZCCSS

From Trevor McGlinchey
Executive Officer, NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National Government led by John Key. New Zealanders have voted for a centre right government but they remain concerned about our high rates of inequality and child poverty. We must ensure we continue to advocate for policies that will support vulnerable members of our communities to realise their potential.
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