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Well-being of children and families a welcome focus – New Zealand Kindergartens

By   /  May 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

“Placing the well-being of children, families and whānau centre-stage of the government’s budget is to be applauded” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive NZ Kindergartens. “Shifting the focus to investing in families in long overdue. We need to do better by children and the government has made its intentions clear” said Clare Wells. “The pressures on […]

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Budget pours more money into failed criminal justice system – People Against Prisons Aotearoa

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People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is disappointed by large increases in police and prison spending in the 2018 Budget. ‘This government is saying one thing and doing another. While it calls for a “more humane justice system” it pours billions of dollars into a prison system that doesn’t work,’ says PAPA spokeswoman Emilie Rākete. ‘Budget […]

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Recalibrating the Budget for wellbeing – Deloittes

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Budget 2018 the last of its kind with a world-first “wellbeing Budget” mooted for next year Deloitte partner David Lovatt says the announcement of next year’s wellbeing Budget shows Government’s commitment to a more holistic approach – a recalibration of the Budget process to encompass a broader definition of success. “In this vein, today’s Budget […]

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The Government’s Budget fails people on benefits – AAAP

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The Labour led Government budget failed to deliver any meaningful changes to sole parents receiving a benefit. Their incomes will remain at poverty levels, and many will continue facing punitive sanctions. Given Labour has previously agreed to remove Section 70A sanctions for people receiving a benefit, we were disappointed that no changes on welfare came […]

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Why is Govt subsidising agricultural pollution? – Greenpeace

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Budget 2018: Greenpeace asks why Govt is to spend $800m subsidising agricultural pollution In response to today’s Budget 2018 announcement, Greenpeace Executive Director Dr Russel Norman said: “This Coalition Government has made a number of good decisions for the environment recently but it is set to continue to spend over $800 million a year subsidising […]

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Issues faced by Rainbow community need ongoing collaboration – Human Rights Commission

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The Human Rights Commission has applauded parliament’s raising of the bi, intersex, rainbow and transgender flags to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), but has reiterated the need for progress to continue. This year’s theme for IDAHOBIT, which is marked each year on Thursday, 17 May, is Alliance for Solidarity. Commissioner […]

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Budget good news for Christchurch – Christchurch City Council

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Mayor Lianne Dalziel is welcoming the confirmation in today’s Budget that Christchurch will get an extra $300 million of Government funding for important projects. “During the election campaign Labour pledged a $300 million capital fund for the city and with today’s Budget they have followed through on that promise,’’ the Mayor says. “In the past […]

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Essential child and family services miss out on relief – Social Services Providers Aotearoa

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Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) has welcomed the Budget’s focus on helping our most vulnerable families through improved access to primary health services, the additional learning support programme, and the focus on social housing. The much-needed funding boost for family violence services is also to be welcomed. But the Budget bypasses essential and intensive community-based […]

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Where’s Whānau Ora in Labour’s Families Package? – The Maori Party

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The Māori Party is disappointed that Whānau Ora has been overlooked in today’s budget, with President Che Wilson saying they are deeply concerned about the direction that this Labour Government is taking, in mainstreaming Māori issues. “There is no new money for Whānau Ora in today’s budget – that goes against the promise that Labour […]

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RNZ Welcomes Investment in Public Media – Radio NZ

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RNZ welcomes the injection of $15m to the public media sector in Budget 2018, says chief executive Paul Thompson. “This is good news and signals the Government’s commitment to investing in a stronger, multimedia RNZ that provides freely-available, high-quality journalism and programming.” “While we have yet to receive detail of RNZ’s share of the funding […]

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Christchurch welcomes Budget 2018 announcement – Christchurch NZ

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The Government’s announcement of a $300 million capital acceleration facility delivers critical and much-needed certainty for Christchurch, says the head of the city’s economic development and city profile agency. ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris welcomed the Budget announcement, saying the additional funding would help continue our city’s positive rebuild momentum. The fund is important because […]

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EECA welcomes Government investment in warmer Kiwi homes – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

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The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has welcomed the Government $142 million investment to make Kiwi homes healthier. This spending in a new four-year programme, known as Warmer Kiwi Homes, will make the homes of lower-income New Zealanders warmer and drier by providing grants to insulate and heat homes, says EECA Chief Executive Andrew […]

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Labour’s public media policies must not repeat mistakes – Better Public Media

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The government’s announcement of $15m additional funding for public media services is welcome but it falls well short of Labour’s election manifesto promise to provide ‘$38m a year in additional funding for quality New Zealand programming and journalism’. Better Public Media is concerned that this shortfall in funding means Labour’s commitment to expand Radio New […]

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Budget of broken promises for Whānau Ora – Te Pou Matakana

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“Disappointing” is how Te Pou Matakana Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait has described today’s budget announcement, which has nothing in it for Whānau Ora. This comes despite the Labour Party when announcing its Whānau Ora policy in2017, committing to an increase of $20m. “This government has given us a budget of broken promises and this is disappointing. […]

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R&D businesses big winners from Budget 2018 – MYOB

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The Labour-led coalition Government’s first budget has several positive initiatives that will support innovative businesses says accounting software provider MYOB. “The big winners from Budget 2018 are businesses investing in research and development,” says MYOB New Zealand General Manager Carolyn Luey. “It’s important that New Zealand’s economy moves up the value chain. We want to […]

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Budget cements critically needed extra police – NZ Police Association

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Police Association has commended the government on today’s budget confirmation of 1800 extra police and 485 additional non-sworn Police employees. “This $300 million commitment to policing is a serious one that is desperately needed to address the growing pressures on frontline 24/7 staff. The frontline should be the first cab off the allocation rank”, […]

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