Welfare Headlines

Red Cross Continues To Work With Quake-Hit Communities

Press Release – NZ Red Cross

Two months after the 14 November earthquakes, New Zealand Red Cross continues to work in the earthquake-affected regions of Marlborough, Kaikoura and Hurunui. Read more »

It’s Election Year

Press Release – NZ Seniors Party

I watched with interest the news this week and saw Paula Bennett our Deputy Prime Minister pressing the flesh with some tourists in Kaikoura. Then I saw Winston Peters dropping into Greymouth to talk to the families of the miners that were lost in the … Read more »

Emergency food grants rocketing under National

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

More and more Kiwis are going hungry under National with hardship grants for food jumping 14 per cent in the last year alone, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. Read more »

More sole parents independent of benefits

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a benefit is continuing to decline year on year, with sole parents driving the biggest reduction in numbers. Read more »

Ending homelessness (again)

Column – Green Party

Arriving in London for the first time on my OE, I saw vagrants and beggars everywhere, sleeping rough under bridges, in parks, in any nook that offered a little shelter from the wind and rain. I loved that I came from a country that was better than this … Read more »

Wellington locals to kick-off global movement

Press Release – WM New Zealand

Wellington residents Ashley Elinoff and Ruby Pleasants are too young to have participated in the civil rights and womens movements of the 1960s and 1970s or in the Springbok tour of the 1980s. Neither of them Elinoff at 33 nor Pleasants at 20 have … Read more »

Social Investment – are we getting it right?

Brenda photoBrenda Pilott
National Manager
Social Service Partners Aotearoa

With Bill English and Paula Bennett now PM and Deputy PM, social investment’s main champions are well and truly holding the reins of power.  Social investment was already the only game in town –here’s Treasury’s summary of what it means:

Social Investment is about improving the lives of New Zealanders by applying rigorous and evidence-based investment practices to social services. It means using information and technology to better understand the people who need public services and what works, and then adjusting services accordingly.”

Seems uncontroversial?  Not so much. Read more »

New year, new chance to turn the inequality tide

Press Release – Green Party

This year is our chance to turn the tide on growing inequality in New Zealand with a change of government, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Inequality has Kiwi families living in garages

Press Release – Salvation Army

Inequality is damaging New Zealand society, leaving families without access to affordable safe housing and with an inability to provide basic food and utilities, The Salvation Army says. Read more »

Fonterra’s Retro-Ads – Not Cool

Article – Lynley Tulloch

Fonterras retro inspired new ads seem to have backfired. Their graphic simplicity has created a remarkable canvas for anti-dairy campaigners to alter the pro-dairy message using paint or printed out letters. Cool Again, only requires a three … Read more »

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