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Ministry of Social Development

A report into management of the wage subsidy scheme has recommended that the organisations managing it conduct a review to 'properly evaluate it' for potential future purposes
11th May 21, 3:46pm
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A report into management of the wage subsidy scheme has recommended that the organisations managing it conduct a review to 'properly evaluate it' for potential future purposes
Government tweaks eligibility criteria of new COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment and provides a refresher of other support available to businesses
16th Feb 21, 11:42am
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Government tweaks eligibility criteria of new COVID-19 Resurgence Support Payment and provides a refresher of other support available to businesses
There are 77k more people receiving jobless benefits now than in March, with a minority of Covid Income Relief Payment recipients finding a job before the 12-week payment runs out
4th Sep 20, 3:00pm
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There are 77k more people receiving jobless benefits now than in March, with a minority of Covid Income Relief Payment recipients finding a job before the 12-week payment runs out
Tens of thousands of people are forgoing decent amounts of money by being on Jobseeker Support when they could get the Covid-19 Income Relief Payment
22nd Jul 20, 3:03pm
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Tens of thousands of people are forgoing decent amounts of money by being on Jobseeker Support when they could get the Covid-19 Income Relief Payment
Labour and National to support first reading of NZ First bill to increase the NZ Super residency requirement from 10 to 20 years 
30th Jun 20, 6:44pm
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Labour and National to support first reading of NZ First bill to increase the NZ Super residency requirement from 10 to 20 years 
People who lose their jobs could be eligible for a $250-$490 a week payment for 12 weeks under a new COVID-19 relief scheme
25th May 20, 10:35am
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People who lose their jobs could be eligible for a $250-$490 a week payment for 12 weeks under a new COVID-19 relief scheme
Few new people went on Jobseeker Support last week compared to previous weeks; The number has still increased by 30% or 43,426 people from two months ago
22nd May 20, 1:09pm
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Few new people went on Jobseeker Support last week compared to previous weeks; The number has still increased by 30% or 43,426 people from two months ago
More young, white, middle-class people become beneficiaries, as 2,422 more people received Jobseeker Support last week
15th May 20, 5:06pm
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More young, white, middle-class people become beneficiaries, as 2,422 more people received Jobseeker Support last week
Number of people on Jobseeker Support increases by 20% in a month; Only 0.17% of wage subsidy payments found to have ended up in the wrong hands
24th Apr 20, 1:11pm
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Number of people on Jobseeker Support increases by 20% in a month; Only 0.17% of wage subsidy payments found to have ended up in the wrong hands
Number of people on Jobseeker Support increases by 16% in a month; Rise dampened for now by Wage Subsidy supporting 60% of workforce
17th Apr 20, 3:51pm
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Number of people on Jobseeker Support increases by 16% in a month; Rise dampened for now by Wage Subsidy supporting 60% of workforce
Jobseeker Support up 15% year-on-year in March, food grants issued jumps 54% and KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals rise 14%
9th Apr 20, 12:43pm
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Jobseeker Support up 15% year-on-year in March, food grants issued jumps 54% and KiwiSaver hardship withdrawals rise 14%
Number of workers being supported by wage subsidies surpasses a million, as payments totaling $6.6 billion are made
7th Apr 20, 2:10pm
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Number of workers being supported by wage subsidies surpasses a million, as payments totaling $6.6 billion are made
Government tweaks wage subsidy rules to provide more support for businesses that have had to close or reduce hours during the lock-down
27th Mar 20, 4:46pm
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Government tweaks wage subsidy rules to provide more support for businesses that have had to close or reduce hours during the lock-down
NZ moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 immediately; will move to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours; rent hikes banned; wage subsidy scheme expanded; support for mortgage holders and business borrowers on the way
23rd Mar 20, 1:54pm
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NZ moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 immediately; will move to Alert Level 4 in 48 hours; rent hikes banned; wage subsidy scheme expanded; support for mortgage holders and business borrowers on the way
Stay for 7 days, then pay - Government to start charging emergency housing recipients rent like other social housing tenants 
14th Feb 20, 5:00am
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Stay for 7 days, then pay - Government to start charging emergency housing recipients rent like other social housing tenants 
Government plans to buy and rent about 800 more houses, and set up 'temporary housing villages' as part of $300m investment to reduce homelessness
13th Feb 20, 11:35am
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Government plans to buy and rent about 800 more houses, and set up 'temporary housing villages' as part of $300m investment to reduce homelessness
National to support NZ First MP's member's bill that seeks to increase the NZ Super residency requirement from 10 to 20 years 
1st Feb 20, 10:04am
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National to support NZ First MP's member's bill that seeks to increase the NZ Super residency requirement from 10 to 20 years 
Government spends $48 million in 3 months on grants for people in dire need of accommodation, as number of grants issued increases 5-fold in 2 years
23rd Jan 20, 2:59pm
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Government spends $48 million in 3 months on grants for people in dire need of accommodation, as number of grants issued increases 5-fold in 2 years
Government to provide more support to single parents and beneficiaries with jobs, however working group urgently calls for benefits to be increased by up to 47%
3rd May 19, 2:30pm
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Government to provide more support to single parents and beneficiaries with jobs, however working group urgently calls for benefits to be increased by up to 47%
Government plans to add 3554 houses to Auckland's public housing stocks by June 2020
13th Mar 18, 2:20pm
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Government plans to add 3554 houses to Auckland's public housing stocks by June 2020
Terry Baucher with a parable about tax involving Metiria, Bill and Winston. Tax evasion, tax avoidance or just a simple mistake? 
10th Dec 17, 6:31am
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Terry Baucher with a parable about tax involving Metiria, Bill and Winston. Tax evasion, tax avoidance or just a simple mistake? 
Eric Crampton says the government needs to take steps to encourage councils to get new housing built including adopting the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on urban planning
10th Jun 17, 8:51am
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Eric Crampton says the government needs to take steps to encourage councils to get new housing built including adopting the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on urban planning
Govt launches first social bond after raising $1.5m from four investors, focused on getting South Aucklanders with medium-level mental health conditions back into work
21st Feb 17, 2:55pm
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Govt launches first social bond after raising $1.5m from four investors, focused on getting South Aucklanders with medium-level mental health conditions back into work
A "how to" guide on seeing the glass half full when we talk about our ageing population
26th Jun 15, 2:14pm
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A "how to" guide on seeing the glass half full when we talk about our ageing population
The NZ Initiative's Jason Krupp says solicitors Mark Campbell and William Findlay are right to point out the costs of poor health and safety practices, but fail to consider whether all 'practicable steps' is an appropriate rule
7th Apr 15, 8:25am
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The NZ Initiative's Jason Krupp says solicitors Mark Campbell and William Findlay are right to point out the costs of poor health and safety practices, but fail to consider whether all 'practicable steps' is an appropriate rule