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Minister Orders Inquiry Into `Appalling' Beneficiary Advice

Minister Orders Inquiry Into `Appalling' Beneficiary Advice
Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is tracking down the Work and Income staffer who wrote to beneficiaries telling them to take out loans to cover their debts.

Telling Beneficiaries To Pawn Cellphones Not Acceptable: Bennett

Telling Beneficiaries To Pawn Cellphones Not Acceptable: Bennett
Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - Letters from Work and Income telling indebted families to take out loans and pawn their possessions are unacceptable, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said today.

Govt Backs `Boot Camp' Against Strong Criticism From Labour

Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The Government is facing strong criticism of its military camp plan for dealing with young offenders but Prime Minister John Key says he's going to see it through.

Boot Camp Bill For Young Offenders Coming To Parliament

Boot Camp Bill For Young Offenders Coming To Parliament
Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Serious young offenders will face army `boot camp' training under a bill the Government intends introducing to Parliament on Wednesday. Prime Minister John Key announced the policy in January last year.

Boot Camp Bill For Young Offenders Coming To Parliament

(Adds Labour Party reaction) Wellington, Feb 16 NZPA - Serious young offenders will face army `boot camp' training under a bill the Government intends introducing to Parliament on Wednesday. Prime Minister John Key announced the policy in January last year.

Govt Not Saying If Promised NGO Funding Boost Set To Be Chopped

By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, Feb 12 NZPA - The Government is not saying if plans to increase funding to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are going to be chopped in the current financial environment.

Govt Attacked Over Rise In Unemployment

Govt Attacked Over Rise In Unemployment
Wellington, Feb 5 NZPA - A sharp rise in unemployment numbers has led to Opposition MPs calling for more action from the Government to deal with the economic recession.

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana

Key Announces Maori Jobs Forum At Ratana
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Ratana, Jan 23 NZPA - Maori will have their own jobs forum as a forerunner to the Government's February jobs summit, Prime Minister John Key says.

Goff Spells Out Labour's Record At Ratana

Goff Spells Out Labour's Record At Ratana
By Grant Fleming of NZPA Ratana, Jan 23 NZPA - Labour leader Phil Goff has used the annual political pilgrimage to Ratana to spell out his party's record for Maori and question the Government's ability to deliver on its promises.

Large Political Contingents Head To Ratana

Large Political Contingents Head To Ratana
Wellington, Jan 22 NZPA - Government and Labour MPs will be out in force tomorrow as they make their annual pilgrimage to Ratana to woo Maori.

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