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MSD systematically misused its investigatory powers

Press Release – Office of the Privacy Commissioner

An Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) inquiry has found the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) systematically misused its investigatory powers while pursuing benefit fraud, unjustifiably intruding on the privacy of many beneficiaries. Read more »

Welfare That Works For All

paul_barber_may2019Paul Barber

Policy Advisor | New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

We have reached a turning point for social welfare in this country with the release of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) report Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand.

The report sets out what we must do to rebalance our social welfare system in a way that ensures the dignity and mana for all. The coming months are crucial as the Government makes decisions about adopting the 42 recommendations.  Read more »

Dole sanction delay ‘prolonging something harmful’

Article – RNZ

A solo mum who’s had her benefit cut by $28 a week for six-and-a-half years says the government is waiting too long to scrap the sanction that’s leaving her out of pocket. Read more »

Coalition faces ‘student backlash’ if no-fee policy revised

Article – RNZ

A student leader says many students are only at her university because of the new no-fees scheme and has warned the government not to ditch its policy. Read more »

Family Court review: ‘We’re failing traumatised children’

Article – RNZ

Oranga Tamariki – the government agency responsible for children – has warned the experts reviewing the troubled Family Court that the system is failing vulnerable young people. Read more »

Why NZ cannot ignore major welfare reform report

Opinion – The Conversation

One of the recommendations by a welfare advisory group was to raise benefit levels by up top 47%, but the government has rejected it, for now. from www.shutterstock.com , CC BY-ND Read more »

Barnardos welcomes Mike Munnelly as new Chief Executive

Press Release – Barnardos

Barnardos, Aotearoas national childrens charity working with thousands of children around New Zealand every year has today named Mike Munnelly as its new Chief Executive. Read more »

Starting this week – Youth suicide workshops Akl Wgtn & Chch

Press Release – Grow Ltd

International expert Dr Jonathan Singer is delivering a series of practical workshops about youth suicide and steps to implement better/safer practices within our communities, schools and learning establishments. He also looks at the role that technology can … Read more »

Pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you to the Wellington Chamber for hosting and thanks to all of you for making the time to be here. Read more »

Call to investigate attempt to remove baby from hospital

Article – RNZ

Call for investigation over attempt to remove baby from hospital Anusha Bradley , Hawke’s Bay Reporter Read more »

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