Monday, 11 February 2013
Social Development Minister to USA summit
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett leaves for Washington DC today where she is the keynote speaker at a home visiting conference next week.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Southern New Zealanders find work
More than 8150 people went off welfare into jobs in Work and Income’s Southern region over the last year.
Waikato benefit numbers drop
More than 6450 people went off welfare into work in Waikato last year.
Fewer on benefits in lower North Island
More than 4800 people went off welfare to take up jobs in Work and Income’s Central region over the last year.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Crown signs Social Development Accord with Te Hiku Iwi
The Crown today signed a Social Development Accord with Te Hiku o Te Ika as part of the iwi Treaty Settlement.
Friday, 1 February 2013
Outgoing Chief families Commissioner thanked
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has acknowledged Carl Davidson’s contribution to families as Chief Families Commissioner.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Young people approve programme funding
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is delighted young people have given the go-ahead for 49 youth programmes around the country.
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
More social workers in low-decile schools
A further 80 schools will be covered by the expansion of Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) when students return to classrooms from this week.
Monday, 28 January 2013
Labour still lagging behind with ideas
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says while Labour rehashes its own underwhelming policies from last year, the Government continues to make a real difference.
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Young New Zealanders deserve praise for effort
Youth Affairs Minister Paula Bennett congratulates the 100 young people accepted onto the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme which is running this week.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
December quarter benefit numbers released
The number of people on benefits in New Zealand is the lowest it’s been at the end of a December quarter since 2008.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Children in care receive vital help
Children in care are benefiting from a life-changing government initiative to ensure health, mental health and educational needs are addressed.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Government receives child poverty report
The Government has received the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group’s report “Solutions to Child Poverty”, and will consider its 78 recommendations, Finance Minister Bill English and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett say.
Monday, 10 December 2012
Youth mental health information fund launched
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today announced the launch of a new contestable fund to improve youth mental health information for parents, families and friends.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Funding solution for Auckland Sexual Abuse Helpline
Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett today met with Auckland Sexual Abuse Helpline (ASAH) and agreed to an interim funding arrangement with contributions from Health, Social Development and Police.
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Former Governor General leads Expert Group
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is delighted to announce that former Governor General the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand will lead the Expert Advisory Group on Information Security.
Monday, 5 November 2012
Recognising foster carers
Foster Care Awareness Week begins with excellence awards for foster carers today, culminating with the William Wallace Awards on Friday.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Independent review of CYF complaints process underway
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says work on the White Paper for Vulnerable Children is moving ahead with the review of the Child Youth and Family complaints process already underway.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Work and Income security breach
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett expects the independent investigation into Work and Income computer systems to give the public assurances that security is robust and private information is safe.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Rotorua first site for Children's Teams
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced the first Children's Team will be trialled in Rotorua to local community groups today.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
White Paper for Vulnerable Children released
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has released the White Paper for Vulnerable Children today at the Jigsaw national conference in Wellington.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Skills and Employment Hub for Christchurch
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett and Immigration Minister Nathan Guy have today announced a further boost to recruitment for the Christchurch rebuild through a new Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub.
Benefit figures steady
September has seen a small increase in the number of people on benefits says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Free holiday programmes benefit thousands
Holiday programmes introduced by the National Government have been enjoyed by more than 65,000 children from high need communities.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
National Social Worker's Day celebrated
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is visiting social workers today as part of National Social Worker’s Day.
Monday, 17 September 2012
Second stage of welfare reforms introduced
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today introduced the second stage of legislation to comprehensively reform the welfare system.
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Investment approach refocuses entire welfare system
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced further detail on the investment approach and the actuarial valuation of the welfare system.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Social obligations mean better outcomes for children
Incorporating important health and wellbeing goals into welfare reform will help ensure children get the best possible start in life says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Friday, 7 September 2012
Benefit figures drop
The number of people on benefits has fallen in the last month says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Benefits stopped for those with arrest warrants
People with outstanding arrest warrants will no longer receive a benefit while evading Police says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.