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Migrant worker exploitation rampant across hospitality industry – Unite Union

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Source: Unite Union New Zealand A union representative says the hospitality industry is rife with exploitation after some workers complained they were treated “like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened with deportation. The students paid up to $6000 each to […]

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cleaning rooms at a flash hotel

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One of two companies implicated has launched an investigation. Credits: Newshub A group of overseas students, who paid thousands to come to New Zealand to complete internships, say they’re being “treated like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened […]

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View full interview here

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A union representative says the hospitality industry is rife with exploitation after some workers complained they were treated “like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened with deportation. The students paid up to $6000 each to Wellington company Internship […]

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UPDATE: Pedestrian killed in Oamaru

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Source: New Zealand Police Source: New Zealand Police Statement attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Rob Hanna Police are continuing to make inquiries into the tragic death of a 14-year-old girl who was hit by a car in Oamaru last night. A 30-year-old man has been charged with failing to stop to ascertain injury in relation […]

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Information sought following armed robbery – Christchurch

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Source: New Zealand Police Source: New Zealand Police Please attribute to Detective Sergeant Brad Greenstreet, Canterbury CIB Police investigating an armed robbery at a Christchurch bar are asking anyone who witnessed it or has information about the incident to come forward. Shortly before 9pm, three men wearing black hoodies and scarves over their faces entered […]

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Health warnings lifted: Four Manukau Harbour beaches safe to swim

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Source: Auckland Council Long-term public health warnings for four beaches in the Manukau Harbour have been lifted and will be swimmable this summer. The four beaches – Armour Bay, Taumanu East, Clarks Beach and Weymouth Beach – are now considered low risk for most of the time; with high risk periods only occurring around some […]

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Former head of business school dies

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Source: Massey University Professor Emeritus Sir Ngatata Love Former Massey University Faculty of Business dean and Professor Emeritus Sir Ngatata Love died last week at the age of 81. Sir Ngatata was, from 1985-95, the second dean of the faculty, now known as the College of Business or Massey Business School. He joined the University […]

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‘Treated like slaves’: Overseas students claim they’re underpaid, overworked, threatened

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Source: Unite Union New Zealand ‘Treated like slaves’: Overseas students claim they’re underpaid, overworked, threatened A group of overseas students, who paid thousands to come to New Zealand to complete internships, say they’re being “treated like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, […]

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    Proposed amendments to the Biosecurity (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2010

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    Source: Ministry for Primary Industries 2 Closing Date: 19 Sep 2018 Contact: Border and biosecurity systems policy Background to the proposals The Minister for Biosecurity is proposing amendments to the Biosecurity (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2010. The proposed changes involve: setting 3 new infringement offences and related infringement fees removing the current requirement for a serving officer’s […]

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    Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus

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    Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, […]

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    Counting the costs of safe, clean water

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Counting the costs of safe, clean waterA new report continues to build a picture of looming potential costs as the Government seeks to ensure safe drinking water, and better environmental performance of the country’s wastewater infrastructure, said the Minister of Local Government Hon Nanaia Mahuta. The GHD-Boffa Miskell report – […]

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    Minister welcomes Activity Centres report

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Minister welcomes Activity Centres reportAssociate Education Minister Tracey Martin today welcomed a report showing activity centres were continuing to successfully keep at-risk students in education. The Education Review Office’s report into activity centres concluded they were achieving ‘positive outcomes’ for their students. It rated ten of the 14 centres as […]

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    No regional fuel tax for Wellington

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: No regional fuel tax for WellingtonTransport Minister Phil Twyford says Opposition Leader Simon Bridges’ claim that the Government is in discussion with Wellington councils about a regional fuel tax is categorically wrong. “The Government has explicitly ruled out a regional fuel tax in Wellington,” Phil Twyford said. “The Wellington councils […]

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    $770,000 to maintain the quality of Great Rides

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: $770,000 to maintain the quality of Great RidesA further $770,000 is being invested in our regions for the upkeep of eleven Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The investment comes from the ninth round of the Maintaining the Quality of […]

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    Kiwis protected from broadband price shocks

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Kiwis protected from broadband price shocksBroadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi says the new reduced price cap for Chorus’ most commonly purchased wholesale fibre product protects New Zealanders from future price shocks, while providing a fair price for the telecommunications infrastructure company and certainty for retail service providers. […]

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    Joint Statements Released following ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting – Plus

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    Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Joint Statements Released following ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting – PlusMinister of Defence Ron Mark attended a successful Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defence Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus), which was held on 19 and 20 October in Singapore. The meeting was an opportunity for Defence Ministers from across the […]

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      KiwiBuild once again fails to deliver

      By   19 hours ago

      Source: National Party KiwiBuild is failing to deliver on its key objective to get Kiwi families into their first homes, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. “Housing Minister Phil Twyford has recently announced another KiwiBuild development where all of the houses are one or two-bedroom units. “But 80 per cent of New Zealanders who have […]

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      Minister playing games instead of preventing strikes

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      Source: National Party The Ministry of Education has finally released the costings of the pay offer for secondary teachers which have been held onto for months an hour after a question was lodged to be asked in Parliament today, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says. “I have been asking written questions where the Education […]

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      15th strike seriously undermines confidence

      By   22 hours ago

      Source: National Party After a year of this Labour-led Government there have been 15 strikes in the transport sector compared to 12 under nine years of a National Government, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says “This Government has emboldened the union movement to the point of militancy and Auckland and Hamilton commuters today are the […]

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      Green Party continues to oppose CPTPP, puts amendments

      By   24 hours ago

      Source: Green Party The Green Party continue to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) Amendment Bill, which would allow for the ratification of the CPTPP. “We’ve always opposed deals which prioritise money over the environment and working peoples’ rights and continue to do so with this Bill”, Green spokesperson on Trade Golriz Ghahraman said today.  […]

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      Govt would double-dip on fuel taxes

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      Source: National Party Drivers are already angry every time they fill up at the pump and they’ll take no comfort from the Government’s willingness to double-dip on tax if petrol prices keep rising, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “The Government imposed an excise tax increase of 4 cents a litre on petrol prices already […]

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      Tax-hungry Govt would double-dip at drivers’ cost

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      Source: National Party Drivers are already angry every time they fill up at the pump and they’ll take no comfort from the Government’s willingness to double-dip on tax if petrol prices keep rising, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “The Government imposed an excise tax increase of 4 cents a litre on petrol prices already […]

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      Landlords losing out under current Government

      By   6 days ago

      Source: National Party The Government’s claim it is striking a balance between the interests of landlords and tenants has been further rubbished in Parliament today, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. “New Zealand landlords are set to lose out if the Labour-led Government goes ahead with its proposed changes to the Residential Tenancy Act. “Under […]

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      Education Bill passed despite urgent treaty claim

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      Source: National Party With the passing of the Education Amendment Bill today the Government has ignored continuous outcry from Māori leaders and scrapped the partnership school model, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says. “Yesterday Māori educators Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi applied for an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing over the closure of […]

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        Health warnings lifted: Four Manukau Harbour beaches safe to swim

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        Source: Auckland Council Long-term public health warnings for four beaches in the Manukau Harbour have been lifted and will be swimmable this summer. The four beaches – Armour Bay, Taumanu East, Clarks Beach and Weymouth Beach – are now considered low risk for most of the time; with high risk periods only occurring around some […]

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        Local project to engage community with public art

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        Source: Auckland Council ‘What is Art?’ is a local youth-led project designed to engage and inform communities about public artworks in the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki area. Posing the question ‘what is art?’, the project aims to spark a conversation within the community about art’s place in the area. Local digital media startup NO SIX filmed a collection […]

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        Pond pest search underway

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        Source: Bay Of Plenty Regional Council Tuesday, 23 October 2018 3:00 p.m. A Bay of Plenty Regional Council contractor is starting checks on ornamental ponds in the Ōmokoroa and Maungatapu areas this month, in an effort to stop the spread of freshwater pests into local waterways. Regional Council Biosecurity Officer Donna Watchman said that they […]

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        Decision on how residents are represented at Council

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        Source: Hutt City At the 9 October full Council meeting, Councillors considered nine submissions it received on its initial proposal for representation arrangements. Council’s representation review centred on how Council is elected and second tier representation (community boards and panels) in time for the October 2019 local government elections. It involved extensive consultation, including three […]

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        Survivable speeds planned for Te Atatū South

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland Transport will make streets in Te Atatū South’s residential area safer for all road users by installing speed-calming measures that will help to slow vehicles. The area will also be subject to a future lower speed limit of 30km/h. AT is seeking feedback on its proposal, which includes installing speed tables, […]

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        Auckland economic development projects rewarded for making positive impact

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        Source: Auckland Council Auckland has been recognised for its impactful economic development projects, winning New Zealand accolades for its Tripartite Business Programme and its Māori Innovation Challenge, DIGMYIDEA. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) received three awards at Economic Development New Zealand’s (EDNZ) gala dinner in Waitangi on Thursday 18 October. The Tripartite Business […]

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        $31,000 in grants for community organisations in Henderson-Massey

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        Source: Auckland Council Ten community organisations have been awarded a total of $31,000 through the Henderson-Massey Local Board grant programme. The round one grant funding awards range from $1000 to $5000 for a number of community organisations.   Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Shane Henderson says that the programme gives the board the opportunity to support worthwhile […]

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        Kaituna bar camera goes live

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        Source: Bay Of Plenty Regional Council Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:00 a.m. A new camera has been installed above Bay of Plenty’s most dangerous bar – the Kaituna Cut, giving boaties an up-to-date look at the bar conditions. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Harbourmaster Peter Buell says this is good news for boating safety as […]

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          iPhone XR: The reviews are in

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          Government must protect the right of senior doctors to speak out for patient safety

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          Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists “Any new State Sector Act must protect the right of senior doctors to speak publicly on matters that pose a risk to patient safety or the public health system,” says Angela Belich, Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). She was commenting on the Government’s […]

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          $770,000 to maintain the quality of Great Rides 24 October 2018 The Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail received a $770,000 investment today through the ninth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

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          Source: Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment MBIE (2) On: 24 October 2018 The Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail received a $770,000 investment today through the ninth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund. The Great Rides are 22 premier and predominately off-road trails across the country, used by […]

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          Leading Homegrown Medical Group, MWH Medical Partners Siemens Healthineers to Launch Region’s First Asia Reference Centre

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          Source: Media Outreach The partnership will pave the way for the main healthcare hub to incorporate Siemens Healthineers’ latest medical innovations and technology in Asia SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 October 2018 – MWH Medical Pte Ltd (“MWH Medical” or “the Group”), a leading homegrown medical group, and Siemens Healthineers are pleased to announce the launch of the first Asia […]

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          Deloitte says continuous reform and transformation to render strong Chinese performance

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          Source: Media Outreach More innovation, fewer restrictions and fairer competition are key to Chinese economic growth HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 23 October 2018 – In 2017, the fourth year of its ‘New Normal’, the Chinese economy maintained stable growth while seeking stronger momentum from innovation and industrial upgrading. With 2018 marking the […]

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          Taiwan offers In-Town Check-in and E-gate Services for first time

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          Source: Media Outreach Taiwan offers In-Town Check-in and E-gate Services for first time TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 23 October 2018 –  When Taoyuan International Airport launched the In-Town Check-In service in February 2017, Taipei became the 4th city in Asia and the 5th city in the world where In-Town Check-In is available. Independent travelers and […]

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          Hong Kong Design Centre Announces Recipients of the 2018 DFA Design for Asia Awards and DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award

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          Source: Media Outreach 203 Local and International Awardees Recognised for the Best of Design Excellence in Asia HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 23 October 2018 – The 2018 edition of the DFA Awards continues to celebrate impactful and outstanding design from the Asian perspective. This year DFA Design for Asia Awards recognised 187 projects and DFA […]

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          Hong Kong Design Centre Announces Recipients of the 2018 DFA Design for Asia Awards and DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award

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          Source: Media Outreach 203 Local and International Awardees Recognised for the Best of Design Excellence in Asia HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 23 October 2018 – The 2018 edition of the DFA Awards continues to celebrate impactful and outstanding design from the Asian perspective. This year DFA Design for Asia Awards recognised 187 projects and DFA […]

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            Migrant worker exploitation rampant across hospitality industry – Unite Union

            By   1 min ago

            Source: Unite Union New Zealand A union representative says the hospitality industry is rife with exploitation after some workers complained they were treated “like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened with deportation. The students paid up to $6000 each to […]

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            cleaning rooms at a flash hotel

            By   1 min ago

            One of two companies implicated has launched an investigation. Credits: Newshub A group of overseas students, who paid thousands to come to New Zealand to complete internships, say they’re being “treated like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened […]

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            View full interview here

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            A union representative says the hospitality industry is rife with exploitation after some workers complained they were treated “like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened with deportation. The students paid up to $6000 each to Wellington company Internship […]

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            ‘Treated like slaves’: Overseas students claim they’re underpaid, overworked, threatened

            By   18 mins ago

            Source: Unite Union New Zealand ‘Treated like slaves’: Overseas students claim they’re underpaid, overworked, threatened A group of overseas students, who paid thousands to come to New Zealand to complete internships, say they’re being “treated like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, […]

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            View Newshub video here

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            One of two companies implicated has launched an investigation. Credits: Newshub A group of overseas students, who paid thousands to come to New Zealand to complete internships, say they’re being “treated like slaves”. The hotel management students are cleaning rooms at a flash hotel and claim they’ve been underpaid, overworked and, if they complain, threatened […]

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            Unite needs new Organisers

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            Source: Unite Union New Zealand Unite has vacancies for a permanent  full and/or  part-time Organisers in the Auckland and Otago-Southalnd regions. The successful applicant(s) will primarily be recruiting and organising workers in the Fast Food sector, although they may also be involved in other sectors that Unite represents from time to time. We are looking […]

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            It’s time for the punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 19 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner inquiry into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practices and joins the AAAP’s call for the department to end cruel and invasive practices that can have devastating impacts on children. “In particular, the watchdog approach that […]

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            KiwiBuy could provide security to low-income families

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            Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 18 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that a broad sweep of new housing programmes is required to reduce the reliance on an increasingly unaffordable and unreliable private rental market. The Salvation Army’s new report, Beyond Renting says that changes in the private rental market mean that […]

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