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17 April, 2014

15,000 fewer people dependent on benefits

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the latest benefit figures showing a five year low confirm New Zealand welfare numbers are back to where they were pre-global recession.

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15 April, 2014

Lifehack Weekends head to the regions

Lifehack Weekends are back and young people from across the country are getting together to create technology-based solutions to mental health issues.

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13 April, 2014

Major makeover for social housing

From tomorrow selected community groups will be able to offer income related rents for people needing social housing and people will be able to test their eligibility through Work and Income.

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11 April, 2014

Better deal for glasses will save millions

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says people using hardship assistance are in line to pay less for glasses and other optical services as a result of a new preferred supplier arrangement with opticians.

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4 April, 2014

New Zealand officially best in the world

People around the globe are learning this week what Kiwis know – New Zealand is one of the best countries in the world, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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4 April, 2014

KickStart Breakfast kicks up a notch

Social Development Minister, Paula Bennett, announced that the KickStart Breakfast programme has served more than 1.5 million breakfasts since government support expanded the programme last May.

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3 April, 2014

Benefits cut for 21,000 overseas travellers

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says more than 21,000 people have had their benefit cut for travelling overseas since July last year.

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1 April, 2014

Making it Happen in the Far North

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has thanked the Far North communities of Te Hiku o Te Ika for laying out their plan of what social services are required in the district to support people in need.

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27 March, 2014

Minister congratulates MSD for $1m payroll giving milestone

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has congratulated Ministry of Social Development staff for donating more than $1 million through payroll giving – becoming the first government department to do so.

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26 March, 2014

Families Commission Board Appointments

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today the appointment of two new members to the Board of the Families Commission.

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25 March, 2014

Vulnerable Children Bill gains momentum

“The Vulnerable Children Bill marks a major overhaul in strengthening our child protection system and making sure fewer children are abused,” says Social Development Paula Bennett in welcoming the Bill’s report back.

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19 March, 2014

Families Commission role changes under new legislation

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the passing of a Bill refocusing the role of the Families Commission, to house a vital new Social Policy Evaluation and Research unit (SuPERU).

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18 March, 2014

Benefit rates to increase with the cost of living

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says benefit and superannuation payments to more than a million New Zealanders will increase on April 1.

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13 March, 2014

Next phase for social housing takes shape

The Government today announced the next step in delivering housing assistance to those most in need with reviewable tenancies for all social housing tenants.

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9 March, 2014

Bennett to represent New Zealand at Chilean President’s inauguration

Paula Bennett will travel to Chile today to represent New Zealand at the inauguration ceremony for Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet on 11 March.

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6 March, 2014

New home perfect fit for migrant service provider

Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett have announced the transfer of migrant and refugee community development programme, Settling In, from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA).

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5 March, 2014

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference

It’s great to be with all of you today, at what is the beginning of a very exciting year ahead.

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5 March, 2014

Child Harm Prevention Orders off the table for now

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Government is putting on hold Child Harm Prevention Orders as part of the Vulnerable Children Bill.

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3 March, 2014

Environment Canterbury review underway

A review of the future governance arrangements of Environment Canterbury is now underway, Local Government Minister Paula Bennett and Environment Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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28 February, 2014

Thousands expected to celebrate children this Children’s Day

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett will be among tens of thousands of New Zealanders celebrating Children’s Day this weekend.

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18 February, 2014

Start of Year payments for family carers - deadline soon

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says nearly 6,000 children are benefiting right now from new payments worth nearly $3 million to wider family members caring for children.

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18 February, 2014

Speech to the SAS Users New Zealand Conference

It’s a pleasure to be here this morning to open the SAS Users New Zealand conference.

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14 February, 2014

‘Culture No Excuse for Abuse’ Family Violence resource launched

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has launched a new resource to help address family violence in ethnic communities.

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10 February, 2014

More youth in work - up nearly 10 per cent

The latest HLFS employment figures show the Government’s focus on young people is paying off, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett say.

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30 January, 2014

Overcoming barriers to work

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is celebrating the effort of a young man who has overcome significant challenges to work.

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30 January, 2014

Welfare reforms progressing well

Comprehensive welfare reforms introduced over the past year are delivering strong results, says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.

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29 January, 2014

Work and Income recruitment efforts prove successful

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is hailing the results of a recent recruitment partnership in mid-Canterbury.

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22 January, 2014

Children’s caregivers use extra funds

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says thousands of carers have received extra cash to help meet the costs of looking after children since she announced new payments and grants last month.p

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17 January, 2014

End of year figures show 17,000 fewer on benefit

Latest benefit numbers reveal thousands of New Zealanders have gained financial independence by coming off welfare in the past 12 months, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says.

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15 January, 2014

Welfare reforms reduce taxpayer costs

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the latest valuation of the welfare system showing a significant reduction in the liability.

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