web analytics

Poverty Watch 28

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, April 27th, 2013 - 2 comments
Categories: national, poverty - Tags:

Last week Poverty Watch took a brief detour with a special issue on fuel poverty. This week were’e back with our series on the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCCC) 2012 report “Child Poverty in New Zealand evidence for action“.

Chapter 3 Our Approach

This chapter sets out the goals, principles and methods of the report. Initially I didn’t think it would be of particular interest, but I was wrong. Politics is all about choices and decisions that affect people. This chapter sets out a very clear alternative to the and caring and punitive attitudes of the political right. The chapter begins…

As highlighted in Chapter 1, there is a wealth of evidence, both from New Zealand and overseas, that child poverty can be reduced. There is also robust evidence that many of the negative impacts of child poverty can be mitigated. The fact that well-designed policies can make a positive difference raises two questions:
• What should be the specific goals of public policy with respect to child poverty in New Zealand?
• How can child poverty in New Zealand be reduced, and its effects mitigated, in the most efficient, effective, fair and fiscally responsible manner?

Our Report attempts to answer these questions. It is the view of the EAG that New Zealand should embrace ambitious, yet realistic, goals. Every child in New Zealand has the right, and should have the opportunity, to grow up without experiencing severe or persistent material deprivation.

The actions recommended by the EAG to achieve better outcomes for poor children are described in more detail in Chapter 5. They recognise that child poverty is complex and has many elements, so to be effective an anti-poverty strategy must incorporate a range of responses. There is no one ‘silver bullet’. Such a strategy will require sustained effort and strong, committed political leadership for the long haul.

We must acknowledge that large reductions in child poverty rates cannot be achieved without a substantial investment, or at the very least, some careful reprioritisation of public funds. This poses undeniable challenges for policy makers, all the more so in a time of global economic uncertainty and fiscal restraint. However, the good news is that rather than starting from scratch, we can build on existing policy initiatives, programmes and service that are known to be effective or have shown potential. At the same time, given the magnitude of the challenge, we must be willing to innovate and experiment with new approaches. We must be open to new possibilities, without losing focus on effectiveness.

The following section sets out the principles that shaped the report’s recommendations. I won’t quote details for all of them, but the principles discussed are:
• Children at the centre
• The Treaty of Waitangi
• An investment approach
• A ‘social contract’ approach

So what is an “investment approach”?

Such an approach involves giving preference to those policies which generate the largest long-term returns, both for children and our wider society. There is considerable evidence, for example, that investments in the early years of a child’s life generate the greatest marginal benefits. To quote the Nobel laureate James Heckman (2006, p3), ‘It is a rare public policy initiative that promotes fairness and social justice and at the same time promotes productivity in the economy and in society at large. Investing in disadvantaged young children is such a policy’. This investment strategy is consistent with the capability approach recommended by another Nobel laureate Amartya Sen – adequate financial resources enhance the capability of children and families to function well and lead lives that they have reason to value.

It continually astounds me that right-wing governments are allowed to get away with portraying investment only in financial terms. People are our greatest strength and resource, why are we not investing in them?

The next section considers policy choices, trade-offs and costs. Once again in brief the topics discussed are:
• Government policy choices matter
• There are a range of policy levers and trade-offs to consider
• Cash transfers spaces in-kind assistance
• Welfare transfers versus employment income
• Universal versus targeted debate
• Costs, savings and costings

Picking just one of these to expand on (and of course it is self evident but it still needs repeating), government choices matter. Kids are living in poverty because we collectively chose to allow it to happen.

Both New Zealand and overseas evidence demonstrates that there are policies available that can reduce and/or mitigate the effects of child poverty. But not all policies are equally effective. A UNICEF analysis highlights the differential effectiveness of various approaches by contrasting the relative child poverty rate before, and then after, taxes and transfers (UNICEF, 2012). The more effective policies contribute to significantly lower poverty rates after taxes and transfers. To illustrate, Canada and the US have similar rates of child poverty at market-incomes; after taxes and transfers are taken into account, the Canadian rate is nearly halved, but the US rate is barely changed. This indicates that Canadian policy settings are much more effective in reducing child poverty than their US counterparts. The UNICEF analysis indicates New Zealand has high market-income child poverty, and that our tax and transfer policies are reasonably effective in reducing the rate. We can, however, do better.

Finally, from the conclusion to the chapter:

As highlighted above, our recommendations are designed to achieve multiple goals. These include simultaneously alleviating childhood poverty, reducing the negative impacts of poverty during childhood and breaking the intergenerational transmission of family poverty. For the reasons discussed, reducing poverty during early childhood is an absolute imperative. A strong focus on alleviating severe and persistent poverty is also critical.

Achieving these objectives will require a comprehensive strategy – one that is implemented in a concerted manner over an extended period of time. Accordingly, strong and committed political leadership will be essential. To be effective such a strategy will require a combination of mutually reinforcing initiatives across a range of policy domains. This includes extra cash transfers and improved in-kind provision, a mix of universal and targeted forms of assistance, and a balanced approach to welfare support and employment incentives, based on the age and best interests of the child.

We fully acknowledge that the implementation of our recommendations will entail fiscal costs, and in some cases significant costs. These need to be set against both the moral imperative to relieve suffering and hardship and the realisation of significant long-term economic and social benefits. For such reasons, the costs represent a sound investment and will contribute to a better future for all our citizens.

Next week, Chapter 4 Priority Recommendations…


In recent news – there’s too much, I really can’t keep up. Here’s just two examples.

Welfare Reforms Impacting on Young People and Families

Press Release: NZ Council of Christian Social Services

“Since the introduction of the youth focused Welfare Reforms our members are reporting an upswing in young people requesting food parcels and emergency accommodation’, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “It appears as though there has been a slight increase in the numbers of young people sleeping rough, in doorways or under bridges. And a large increase in teenagers who are dependent on sleeping on their friends’ couches – until the generosity runs out and they have to find another couch to surf on”.

“As part of the Welfare Reforms a Youth Payment and a Youth Parent Payment were introduced in July 2012”, said McGlinchey. “These increases in demands from our members have all happened after this. We need to have a very close look at the reasons for the increased needs of our young people. These policies, or how they are being applied, may need to be amended.”

The 15th Vulnerability Report shows that more people are unemployed, yet the number of people receiving an unemployment benefit has decreased. While many of those who are unemployed may be in families who have dropped from having two income earners to only one, it appears others are just struggling to meet the harder benefit rules being imposed by Work and Income. …

Rheumatic fever on rise

Rheumatic fever rates in one of New Zealand’s most vulnerable communities is worsening, a new report reveals.

Study findings published yesterday in the New Zealand Medical Journal show the number of Acute Rheumatic Fever cases in Northland rose in the past 10 years.

The disease, which is associated with poverty, poor access to healthcare and overcrowding, has unusually high rates in New Zealand’s poorest communities, especially among Maori and Pacific children. …

It happens because we allow it to happen. The day that we as a society reject both right-wing governments, and their dog whistling and scaremongering about beneficiaries, is the day that we can start to put it right.


Here’s the standard footnote. Poverty (and inequality) were falling (albeit too slowly) under the last Labour government.   Now they are on the rise again, in fact a Waikato University professor says that poverty is our biggest growth industry.

Before the last election Labour called for a cross party working group on poverty. Key turned the offer down.  Report after report after report has condemned the rate of poverty in this country, and called on the government to act. Meanwhile 40,000 kids are fed by charities and up to 80,000 are going to school hungry. National has responded with complete denial of the issues, saying that the government is already doing enough to help families feed their kids. Organisations working with the poor say that Key is in poverty ‘la la land’.

The Nats refuse to even measure the problem (though they certainly believe in measurement and goals when it suits them to bash beneficiaries). In a 2012 summary of the government’s targets and goals John Armstrong wrote: “Glaringly absent is a target for reducing child poverty”…

The costs of child poverty are in the range of $6-8 Billion per year, but the Nats refuse to spend the $2 Billion that would be needed to really make a difference. Even in purely economic terms National’s attitude makes no sense.

2 comments on “Poverty Watch 28 ”

  1. dumrse 1

    Apart from TLDR, there obviously isn’t any poverty this week. National must have fixed it all. Well done.

  2. rosy 2

    Rheumatic fever

    The disease, which is associated with poverty, poor access to healthcare and overcrowding, has unusually high rates in New Zealand’s poorest communities, especially among Maori and Pacific children. …

    Yet the government’s approach is a schools programme of

    sore throat swabbing and follow-up antibiotic treatment if needed, programmes are also working with local services to address other common health issues such as skin infections, healthy housing and insulation

    GPs understand that

    Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson and GP Nikki Turner says, in a separate media release, tackling poverty-related diseases requires addressing inequality.

    “The solution is equally clear. Families must have access to adequate income, decent housing and primary care services if they are to protect their children from diseases associated with poverty.”

    The government programme is not working. This is a national disgrace that will only get worse as poverty increases, which it will to with the labour reforms that will fulfill the aim of reducing wages and beneficiaries continue to be bashed into low paying jobs. Added to this that, despite free care for under 5s, there is a reduced focus on improving access to primary health care for the poorest

    On the negative side of the ledger, the funding cuts to Newtown Union Health Service was the big issue for me — and many others — this year. Newtown Union serves one of the most deprived communities in Wellington city, and the Board’s decision this year to endorse cuts to its funding makes a mockery of our pious talk about tackling health inequalities. Kudos to the United Community Action Network and Dr Ben Gray from Wellington Medical School for their passionate defense of the service.

    We also need to recognise that, although Newtown and its supporters made the most noise, CCDHB has also instituted cuts to a range of services for high-needs populations, including Porirua Union and Community Health Service.

    (btw the above quote comes from the ‘Care Not Cuts’ blog of David Choat, an elected representative of the Capital & Coast DHB – well worth a look if you’re interested in health matters).

    Research and observation show that the problem of third world diseases in poor populations is not going to be fixed by throat swabs at schools. This approach is a fail.

    Key’s answer – hit Bill Gates up for some money for a vaccine, because our lack of action in reducing poverty and therefore eliminating this disease is so much more important that his Foundation’s work with Malaria, Polio and AIDs in countries that cannot afford to care for their children. How selfish can this man be?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • United Nations General Assembly: 76th General Debate Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā o tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Prestigious people, Speakers of note, Chiefs one and all of this General Assembly Ngā mihi mahana ki o koutou katoa, mai i toku Whenua o Aotearoa Warm greetings to you all from my home ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum prioritises women’s economic empowerment
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today chaired the virtual APEC 2021 Women and the Economy Forum, which is working to address outstanding issues for women and girls across the region as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum brought together Ministers and representatives from 21 economies to discuss gender ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Upper Hauraki to move to Alert Level 2
    Upper Hauraki will move to Alert Level 2 from 11:59pm tomorrow, 25 September, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. After positive cases were detected in the Upper Hauraki area on Sunday, extra Alert Level restrictions were put in place to immediately prevent any wider transmission of the virus.  “We’ve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Report into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system released
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today welcomed the findings of an independent review into Aotearoa New Zealand’s export controls system, which regulates the export of goods to foreign militaries, police forces or paramilitaries. Produced by David Smol, a former Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of Brett Crowley of Wellington as a District Court Judge.  He is currently the Wellington Public Defender and started his career as a staff solicitor working in a range of litigation including criminal defence work. He went to the bar in 1999 specialising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Mental health stocktake shows strong progress
    The first report of the Government’s Implementation Unit has found strong progress has been made since the Mental Health and Addictions Package was announced in 2019. “The report notes most initiatives funded in the Budget 2019 package are on track to deliver what is expected by 2023/24,” Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Working together to grow the West Coast
    A project that has been crucial in allowing businesses to continue during the tourism downturn is among a number of initiatives to receive a boost from the Government’s Jobs For Nature programme, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. Sustaining South Westland is an extension of an initiative set up last year ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Next steps to improve safety in wake of Whakaari White Island tragedy
    The Government is moving to improve safety in light of the Whakaari White Island tragedy and has released proposals to reinforce safety standards in registered adventure activities. The package of proposals includes: Strengthening requirements for how operators, landowners and the regulator manage natural hazard risks Improving how risks are monitored, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand donates more COVID-19 vaccines to COVAX and the Pacific
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Associate Health Minister Aupito William Sio announced today that New Zealand is donating additional Pfizer vaccines to the Pacific and AstraZeneca vaccines to the COVAX Facility, to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. “New Zealand is donating 708,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Property Council of New Zealand
    Kia ora koutou katoa   Is it a pleasure to be able to speak with you today, and to be able to answer some questions you may have. I would like to acknowledge the organisers of this event, the Property Council. The theme of this year’s conference is City Shapers. Together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Additional MIQ for Christchurch
    An additional hotel will be added to our network of managed isolation and quarantine facilities, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I have approved and Cabinet is in the final stages of signing off The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch as a new managed isolation facility,” Chris Hipkins said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ COVID-19 response earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) decision to establish a Cloud Region on New Zealand shores, further boosting New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and providing a vote of confidence in the direction of New Zealand’s economic recovery. “Amazon is the second ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand invests in cutting edge cancer R&D
    Scaling up the manufacture of CAR T-cell cancer therapy for clinical trials Advancing New Zealand’s biomedical manufacturing capability Supporting future international scientific collaborations Transforming cancer care with targeted, affordable solutions Research, Science and Innovation Minister Hon Dr Megan Woods has announced that the fight against COVID-19 will not stop the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago