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Privacy Commissioner report shows Govt unlawfully breaching privacy of thousands of beneficiaries – AAAP

By   /  May 16, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  19 Comments

A report by the Privacy Commissioner on the Ministry of Social Development’s investigative practices into benefit fraud has found the Government agency to be unjustifiably breaching people’s privacy. The report suggests that the Ministry of Social Development breached The Bill of Rights 1990, unnecessarily collected intimate text messages of beneficiaries, and failed to ask people […]

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Government upholds status quo over Capital Gains Tax – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government’s rejection of a Capital Gains Tax upholds the status quo it promised to change in the lead up to the election and Government formation. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the Government’s decision to not fix our tax system which benefits a wealthy few.   “The Government’s refusal to implement bold tax reform to […]

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Capital Gains Tax bare minimum to start reducing wealth gap – AAAP

By   /  February 21, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Capital Gains Tax bare minimum to start reducing wealth gap – AAAP

The Tax Working Group recommendations, which include a revenue-neutral Capital Gains Tax, are the absolute bare minimum changes the Government should introduce if it is serious about starting to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to introduce the recommendations and be bold about future […]

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Government inaction sees social housing waiting list spiral out of control – AAAP

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government has seen the social housing waiting list double since it took power, with over 10,000 people waiting for social housing. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the inaction by successive Governments for failing to build enough public housing and keep rent prices under control, resulting in record number of people being homeless or substandard […]

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Government continues to enable motels to profit from housing crisis

By   /  February 19, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A recent investigation by Stuff, coupled with information obtained through the Ministry of Social Development shows that a single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act […]

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Steep rise in hardship numbers showcases income inadequacy – AAAP

By   /  January 18, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

  The latest Ministry of Social Development December 2018 quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from working and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year, totalling 385,000. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling […]

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Minimum wage increase overdue – AAAP

By   /  December 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage increase overdue – AAAP

The Government announced that it will be increasing the minimum wage from $16.50 to $17.70 per hour, as part of a move by the Labour led Government towards making the minimum wage $20.00 per hour by 2021. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the increase but warns that income levels remain far too low when compared […]

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Government needs to house meth test evicted tenants – AAAP

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government needs to house meth test evicted tenants – AAAP

Minister Phil Twyford announced that the first batch of recipients have been receiving compensation for being evicted from their Housing New Zealand homes because of faulty meth tests. The compensation will be $8,000 on average, and 52 people from the 800 tenancies affected have already received the cash sum. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling […]

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Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous – AAAP

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous – AAAP

The Tauranga council voted in favour of a bylaw banning begging and rough sleeping within 5m of public entrances to retail and hospitality premises in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Greerton. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the move by the Tauranga council towards introducing such bylaw and stands in solidarity with Community Angels Tauranga and other […]

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Poverty measurements important but action is still needed – AAAP

By   /  November 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Poverty measurements important but action is still needed – AAAP

The Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament today. The Bill aims to establish benchmarks for child poverty rates, and entrenches the social investment approach by the previous Government. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes more detailed measurements of child poverty, but warns that without clear plans to reduce poverty the […]

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Meth compensation blunder cruel and shortsighted – AAAP

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Meth compensation blunder cruel and shortsighted – AAAP

Housing Minister Phil Twyford recently admitted to only becoming aware last week that the compensation planned for tenants who were evicted over flawed methamphetamine testing would cause them to lose their benefit entitlements, prompting the Government to further delay any form of compensation. Auckland Action Against Poverty is condemning the Government’s delay of the compensation […]

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KiwiBuild part of the problem, not the solution – AAAP

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Labour-led Government ran a PR stunt today to celebrate the first few families that would move into the first 18 KiwiBuild homes. While the Government prioritises its flagship home-ownershp scheme, tens of thousands of people continue to be homeless in Aotearoa, with no hope of being able to ever afford living in one of […]

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NZ First bill would increase elderly poverty – AAAP

By   /  October 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A bill proposed by New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson aims to raise the minimum residency requirements to get New Zealand superannuation from 10 years to 20 years after the age of 20. Auckland Action Against Poverty warns that any restrictions which lock people from receiving superannuation would further increase rising levels of elderly poverty. […]

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Record numbers needing hardship assistance from WINZ

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The latestMSD quarterly report shows that over $100 million was granted for hardshipassistance to almost 350,000 people by Work and Income in the September 2018quarter, an increase of almost $30 million from the same quarter last year.While hardship assistance has been steadily increasing over time, core benefit levels and numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit […]

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AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

The Privacy Commissioner has launched an inquiry under the Privacy Act 1993 into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practises. This comes almost a month after Auckland Action Against Poverty released an OIA report which highlighted MSD’s invasive investigation practises, that allows the Ministry to pry into people’s sex life. People on the benefit […]

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Half a million people in debt with the Ministry of Social Development – AAAP

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Reports obtained through the Official Information Act revealed that as of March 2018, half a million people are in debt with the Ministry of Social Development, with the total debt being $1.5 billion. Most of the debt comes from overpayments and recoverable advances for basic necessities such as clothing, furniture and petrol. Weekly repayments are […]

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