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7 September, 2014

Horowhenua Ōtaki Children’s Team underway

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is welcoming the establishment of New Zealand’s third Children’s Team, in the Horowhenua and Ōtaki region.

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27 August, 2014

11,850 HomeStart grants to support Canterbury

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Associate Housing Minister Paula Bennett today released the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s estimates of the number of first home buyers in Canterbury who are to benefit from the Government’s new KiwiSaver HomeStart package.

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21 August, 2014

Extra funding for budgeting services available

Budgeting services now have the opportunity to apply for extra funding to support their work with low income New Zealanders, with a $2 million funding round open for applications.

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13 August, 2014

Affordable loans for low income families

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today officially launched a Community Finance pilot scheme that will see StepUP low-interest loans available in Manukau and Waitakere.

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12 August, 2014

New scheme to support at-risk young West Aucklanders

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced new Government funding for the Zeal Education Trust to support its work with young people in West Auckland in reducing anti-social behaviour.

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31 July, 2014

3K to Christchurch working for Jobseekers

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says 157 people across the country have so far taken up the Government’s 3K to Christchurch scheme.

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24 July, 2014

Extraordinary Care Fund open for applications

Extraordinary Care Fund grants to help children being raised by their grandparents or extended family open for application soon, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett confirmed today.

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22 July, 2014

Boost for horticulture and viticulture industry

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have announced plans for a new programme aimed at getting more Kiwis into seasonal work, alongside an increase to the annual RSE cap.

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22 July, 2014

Taskforce to tackle loopy rules and regulations

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett today announced the establishment of a new Taskforce to rid New Zealand of loopy rules and regulations.

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22 July, 2014

Local regulations go under microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations.

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21 July, 2014

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

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21 July, 2014

Better Public Service target for welfare on track

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says welfare reforms are making good inroads into achieving the Better Public Service target of significantly reducing long term benefit dependency by 2017.

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18 July, 2014

Welfare numbers lowest since 2008

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has today released latest benefit figures showing the number of people on welfare for the June quarter is the lowest since 2008, with sole parents leading the impressive results.

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18 July, 2014

More support for storm battered Northland

Further relief for Northland is on the way after Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) to help with the clean-up following the recent storms.

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17 July, 2014

More social workers for Child, Youth and Family

More than 80 new social work staff for Child, Youth and Family will soon be recruited to help alleviate pressure on frontline staff.

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10 July, 2014

New youth mental health initiative launched

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has today launched ‘Common Ground’, an exciting new addition to the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

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9 July, 2014

Strong interest in 3K to Christchurch

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says in its very first week, 50 people have taken up the Government’s 3K to Christchurch offer.

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8 July, 2014

Child poverty reducing

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the latest Household Incomes Report showing child poverty has fallen three percent.

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7 July, 2014

Payments made easier for caregivers

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced changes to make payments easier for Child, Youth and Family caregivers.

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4 July, 2014

KidsCan raincoat milestone celebrated

Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today joined Lincoln Heights School to celebrate the handing over of the 100,000th KidsCan raincoat to a school child.

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3 July, 2014

Evaluation shows Youth Service working

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says an evaluation of Youth Service, the first of the Government’s welfare reforms, provides hard evidence that it is working in turning around young peoples’ lives.

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1 July, 2014

More support from today to meet housing needs

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says people and families in need of social housing will be better supported by the Government’s investment of $95.7 million of new money over the next four years.

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26 June, 2014

New in-depth report on welfare released today

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says a new in-depth report released today shows welfare reforms are saving New Zealanders billions of dollars.

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26 June, 2014

Update on Environment Canterbury review

The Government has today provided an update about the review of the future governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury.

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25 June, 2014

Christchurch Temporary Accommodation Relief for Flood Victims

Canterbury residents impacted by recent flooding will now be eligible to apply for funding through the Government’s Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme, it has been confirmed today.

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23 June, 2014

Children supported to speak up with new tool

Children and young people will be supported to speak up about family violence with a new resource launched by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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19 June, 2014

Vulnerable Children Bill passed into law

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the passing of the Vulnerable Children Bill into law ensuring that New Zealand’s most at risk children get priority in accessing services and support.

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19 June, 2014

Vulnerable Children Bill - Third Reading Bill

Mr Speaker, I move that the Vulnerable Children Bill, the Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Vulnerable Children) Amendment Bill, and the KiwiSaver (Vulnerable Children) Amendment Bill be now read a third time.

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13 June, 2014

Are you that someone – let’s stop sexual violence campaign

A new campaign aimed at helping young New Zealanders stop sexual violence is being launched today by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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13 June, 2014

Work and Income support pays off

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has praised the efforts of Work and Income Case Managers with a number of recent examples illustrating the difference they are making alongside Welfare Reforms.

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