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Social Development
Wed 28 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says National Social Workers’ Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the important work social workers do and thank them for the difference they make for families. “Social workers do an often thankless job and work with some of our most vulnerable families,” Mrs Tolley says. ...
Social Development
Thu 22 Sep 2016
E nga mana, e nga reo, e te iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa Good morning everyone and thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. I want to acknowledge your host, and my parliamentary colleague, Ron Mark, and the Chief Executive of Fostering Kids, Linda Surtees. And indeed, everyone here who does so much for our most at-risk children and young people. Foster Carers, Social Workers, NGOs, and CYF staff. ...
Social Development
Thu 22 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that legislation is to be introduced in Parliament by the end of the year which will better support children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, while increasing support for families and caregivers. “The new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, will be totally child-centred and everything it does must be completely focused on safety and the very best long-term outcomes for children and young people already in the care system, or who are at risk of needing care,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Wed 21 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the overhaul of care and protection will stay firmly focused on delivering much better long-term outcomes for children and young people in care or at risk of going into care, despite constant attempts by Labour to undermine and misrepresent it. “The current system is not working as it should for young people and we are determined to make a real difference and give these kids the lives they deserve. I guarantee we will not be side tracked by petty political point-scoring,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has told a Pacific Leaders Fono that the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki will respond to the needs of Pacific children and young people in care or at risk of going into care. Mrs Tolley told the Fono in Porirua that the new operating model will be culturally responsive and will better support Pacific children and young people. ...
Social Development
Tue 13 Sep 2016
Sweeping reforms to our laws will build a better system for combatting abuse and will reduce harm, says Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Government is proposing a broad overhaul of changes to family violence legislation, stemming from the comprehensive review of the 20-year old Domestic Violence Act. “New Zealand’s rate of family violence is horrendous. It has a devastating impact on individuals and communities, and a profound impact that can span generations and lifetimes,” Ms Adams says.
Social Development
Mon 12 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley will this week lead a delegation to Geneva to discuss New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The treaty, ratified by New Zealand in 1993 and which includes a total of 195 countries, requires states to report to UNCROC every five years on the progress being made on children’s rights, while identifying areas which need further work. ...
Social Development
Thu 8 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says New Zealand’s first child sex offender register will soon get under way, following the passing of enabling legislation. The Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Government Agency Registration) Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament, with the register set to commence 30 days after Royal assent is granted. “Children deserve to be kept safe from harm, which is why we are going to be more proactive in managing the risk of reoffending from child sex offenders,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Thu 8 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says MSD’s latest Household Incomes Report shows that the majority of households have experienced strong real income growth in recent years, and that New Zealand has experienced a stronger recovery than many OECD countries since the Global Financial Crisis. The Household Incomes Report uses data from the 2014 and early 2015 period, and is released today alongside a companion report using non-income measures. ...
Social Development
Wed 7 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that seven and a half million breakfasts have been served in schools around the country since the Government expanded the KickStart Breakfast programme in 2013. “With more than 125,862 breakfasts served every week in 870 decile 1-10 schools, we can be sure these students are getting the best start to their school day,” Mrs Tolley says. ...
Social Development
Wed 31 Aug 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a new trial for beneficiaries with mental health conditions will start next month and will work with clients to support them into work. “Just over half of all clients receiving a main benefit have a health condition, injury or disability so it’s important that we work effectively with them to find the right support so they can move into long term independence,” Mrs Tolley says. ...
Social Development
Thu 18 Aug 2016
E nga mana, e nga reo, e te iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa Good morning everyone and can I thank you for the invitation to be here today. I’d like to acknowledge: ...