Welfare Headlines

Countdown’s latest collectibles hit stores with a roar

Press Release – Countdown Supermarket

30 January 2015: Countdown has teamed up with the SPCA to launch the next collectible craze, a limited edition range of Super Animals sound cards. In a first for any Countdown collectibles campaign, the Super Animals cards come to life when swiped through a … Read more »

Pacific jobseeker numbers fall

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Working-age Pacific people recorded the largest fall in work-ready jobseeker numbers over the last year, new statistics show. Read more »

Social workers are deeply concerned about proposed reforms

Press Release – Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

Social workers are deeply concerned about the impact of proposed reforms to public housing. Basic security requires a stable home. Inadequate housing is a profound social harm. While we welcome Mr Keys objective of seeing that those who need … Read more »

Partnership key to tackling social housing challenge

Press Release – NZ Council for Infrastructure Development

The Prime Ministers announcement earlier this week that state housing would be significantly modernised is welcome news, but without private development expertise is not likely to achieve the Governments objectives, says Stephen Selwood CEO … Read more »

Honorary degree for dedication to preventing child abuse

Press Release – Wintec

A lifetime dedicated to preventing child abuse in New Zealand sees Anthea Simcock, the founder and chief executive of child protection trust, Child Matters, receiving an honorary Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) from the Waikato Institute … Read more »

Scepticism on ‘reckless’ state house sale plan

Press Release – Northland Housing Forum

Northland Housing Forum today voiced their strong concern about PM Keys announcement of a state house sell-off to the Maori and community housing sector. Read more »

New social housing development welcomed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The opening of 19 new homes in Auckland today has been welcomed by Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett as an example of New Zealands growing social housing sector, which is seeing more people in need receiving housing support. Community of Refuge … Read more »

State housing sell-off will harm vulnerable children

Press Release – Quality Public Education Coalition – QPEC

The governments planned sell-off of state housing will cause serious harm to the education of New Zealands most vulnerable children, says QPEC Spokesperson John Minto. Read more »

NZ to begin selldown of state housing, expand subsidies: Key

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 28 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government plans to increase the number of income-related rent subsidies by 4.8 percent over the next three years, boost the number of tenancy reviews by two-thirds and sell up to 2,000 houses as part of … Read more »

Ministers confirm commitment to social housing

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Governments commitment to helping New Zealanders in need by providing more social housing is at the heart of its social housing reform programme, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say. Read more »

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