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One in two go without heating due to cost, survey finds – Salvation Army

By   /  July 24, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on One in two go without heating due to cost, survey finds – Salvation Army

Frontline Salvation Army staff are alarmed by recent survey[1] results showing life for New Zealanders this winter is even tougher than they’d feared. A nationwide survey commissioned by The Salvation Army ahead of its Winter Appeal that launches today (July 23rd) found that close to one in two New Zealanders have gone without heating in […]

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New Housing Ministry Good Step Forward – Salvation Army

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Housing Ministry Good Step Forward – Salvation Army

The Salvation Army welcomes the creation of a stand-alone ministry to coordinate and drive solutions to the housing crisis The establishment of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, creates the possibility for a centralised agency to consider the whole housing continuum, from homelessness to people affording their own homes, says Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson, Director […]

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Budget Not the Big Hit Needed – Salvation Army

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Budget Not the Big Hit Needed – Salvation Army

Budget 2018 addresses many aspects of poverty and poor housing not tackled by previous Governments, but it is not the transformational change we had hoped for. This Budget will assist the most vulnerable New Zealanders but it will not rid New Zealand of the combined plagues of homelessness and child poverty. Free Health Care for […]

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The Salvation Army says bail laws are not sustainable and is backing calls to have them reviewed.

By   /  February 28, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The Salvation Army says bail laws are not sustainable and is backing calls to have them reviewed.

The country has reached a tipping point in our criminal justice system with the toughening of bail laws in 2013 leading to a massive rise in our prison population, says Lt Colonel Ian Hutson, Director of the Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. The Salvation Army is applauding the Justice Minister’s indication that bail […]

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Proposed Poverty Reduction Bill Brilliant Step Forward – Salvation Army

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army warmly welcomes the Prime Minister’s Jacinda Ardern’s announcement today on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. Over 10 years the child poverty numbers have remained stubbornly high and for too long Governments have not put sufficient effort and energy into reducing the number of children suffering said The Salvation Army Social Policy Director […]

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Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament – Salvation Army

By   /  December 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament – Salvation Army

Forgotten Communities Heard at Parliament The voices of people in some of New Zealand’s low income communities, who feel forgotten by Government, Councils and other people in their cities will be heard at Parliament today. The views of people from Linwood in Christchurch, Porirua in Wellington and Papakura in Auckland are presented in a new […]

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Cap on Pay-Day Loan Interest Welcome – Salvation Army

By   /  November 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Cap on Pay-Day Loan Interest Welcome – Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is welcoming the undertaking by Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi to introduce caps on high interest, short-term “pay-day” loans in the Government’s first 100 days. The Salvation Army Social Policy Unit’s policy advisor for consumer issues Ronji Tanielu says capping of interest rates and greater protections for vulnerable consumers is something The […]

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Salvation Army Prepares for Increased Need

By   /  November 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army prepares for increased need as statistics climb leading into Christmas The number of people needing welfare support from The Salvation Army is on the rise, prompting a plea to the New Zealand public to help break poverty this Christmas. From July to September this year, more than 10,000 people needed help with […]

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Winter is Coming: Salvation Army sees thousands in new need

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Winter is Coming: Salvation Army sees thousands in new need

The demands of winter have seen thousands of Kiwis who don’t normally need help coming to The Salvation Army. For many New Zealanders winter hardship is a very real and scary prospect. The pressures of high heating bills and illness see more people needing help over winter, says Salvation Army head of Social Services Major […]

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Churches tell PM: Housing security essential for healthy communities – Salvation Army

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are influenced by the experience of their church congregations and church based social agencies in most New Zealand communities. The church leaders told the Prime Minister, “An […]

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Inequality has Kiwi families living in garages – Salvation Army

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

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. Reacting to the OXFAM report citing the income of the two richest New Zealanders as equivalent to the total income of the poorest 30 per cent, the […]

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Government failure to meet re-offending targets disappointing – Salvation Army

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government failure to meet re-offending targets disappointing – Salvation Army

The Government’s hoped for 25% reduction in re-offending rates has more or less slipped from its grasp according to the Department of Corrections’ 2015/16 Annual Report released on Friday. 12 month recidivism rates climbed for the second year in a row pointing to a clear failure in Correction’s prisoner rehabilitation model. Corrections have not published […]

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Let’s agree all NZ must be adequately housed – Salvation Army

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Let’s agree all NZ must be adequately housed – Salvation Army

After studying the recently released Cross-Party inquiry on Homelessness the Salvation Army is calling for the Government to engage in a collective response with other Parliamentary parties to ensure all New Zealanders are adequately housed. As the unmet housing need has grown worse The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit has been suggesting a […]

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Salvation Army Adds Voice to Calls for Cross-Party Response to Child Poverty

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Salvation Army Adds Voice to Calls for Cross-Party Response to Child Poverty

The Salvation Army strongly supports the call from Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft for cross-party agreement on efforts to reduce child poverty. “The Commissioner’s call for political parties to work toward an agreed way of measuring child poverty and then to set clear goals for reducing that poverty is something that clearly needs to be […]

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Foot in mouth award – Bill English, for his recent “Flat Earth” comment in Parliament

By   /  July 5, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It appears that Finance Minister, Bill English did not get the memo from Dear Leader Key’s office: “Dont get arrogant!”

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Ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full – Salvation Army

By   /  June 24, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  9 Comments

The Salvation Army is gravely concerned that the depth and breadth of poverty currently in the spotlight is becoming seen as inevitable, normal and permanent. Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit Director Lt Colonel Ian Hutson says while groups like Te Puea marae in Auckland and many individuals have risen to the challenge of […]

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