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Children
Wed 21 Jun 2017
Minister for Children Anne Tolley says nominations are open for the 2017 William Wallace Awards which recognises outstanding achievements by young people in care. “The William Wallace Awards are a good opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people in care or those who have recently come out of care,” says Mrs Tolley. “I encourage caregivers, social workers and community representatives to nominate young people in care who are working hard towards their goals and aspirations.
Social Development
Fri 9 Jun 2017
The Government has today announced extra grants to help Bay of Plenty farmers and growers impacted by April’s storms and floods. Affected farmers and growers can apply for contributions from the new $200,000 Primary Industries Bay of Plenty Flood Recovery Grant to help with essential infrastructure repair as they continue to get their businesses up and running. ...
Children | Social Development
Thu 8 Jun 2017
Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers will increase their skills and professionalism so they can better support New Zealanders. “Social workers play a crucial role in supporting our most vulnerable New Zealanders. They are increasingly dealing with children, young people, adults and families with complex high needs,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Wed 7 Jun 2017
New guides to support the family violence sector to provide consistent and effective help to victims and perpetrators are being launched today by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley at the Family Violence Summit in Wellington. Over 120 key players in the family violence sector are attending the Summit today to build on conversations to date about how to work together better to tackle New Zealand’s horrific rate of family violence.
Social Development
Fri 2 Jun 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today visited the clean-up teams in Edgecumbe which have successfully completed their second week of work. “The Government has provided up to $500,000 of Enhanced Taskforce Green funding to employ people to assist Whakatane District Council with the clean-up,” says Mrs Tolley. "Three clean-up teams have been working hard over the last two weeks to clear debris from Edgecumbe township and surrounding public spaces, including Thornton Beach Reserve, Edgecumbe Domain and local playgrounds.
Social Development
Fri 2 Jun 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the official launch of the Auckland Airport Jobs and Skills Hub - Ara. “Ara is an industry-led skills and employment initiative that connects employers based at the Airport with local jobseekers in South Auckland,” says Mrs Tolley. “This skills hub is part of the Government’s approach to partner with businesses to deliver wider economic and social benefits.
Children
Thu 1 Jun 2017
Minister for Children Anne Tolley has today launched the Parenting Resource, a new website to help parents give their children the best start in life. “This resource will help people develop effective parenting skills so they can provide loving, healthy environments where their children can grow into confident adults,” says Mrs Tolley. “It brings together a wide range of information, including practical resources, tips and academic research, and offers support right from pregnancy through to three years of age.
Children
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests significantly to support vulnerable children and young people in care through the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki, Minister for Children Anne Tolley says. Budget 2017 funding is made up of $424.4 million operating over the next four years, $2.3 million in 2016/17, and $7.5 million capital. $26.4 million will be invested to support around 4,500 caregivers of children in care, as well as help for those caring for higher needs children.
Social Development
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests $64.4 million of new operating funding to help people move off benefits and into work, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says. “A proactive approach to supporting clients to prepare for employment has seen the number of people receiving a main benefit continue to fall,” Mrs Tolley says. “The proportion of the population on a main benefit is the lowest it’s been in a March quarter since 1997, at 9.6 per cent. ...
Social Development
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests $37.2 million of operating funding to reduce the harm caused by family violence, Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say. $22.4 million will extend the Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilots for another two years. ...
Children
Wed 24 May 2017
The Government will be advising social service providers that their new contracts will not require the collection of individual client level data until a new data protection and use policy is in place, say Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Minister for Children Anne Tolley. “Our Social Investment approach is about intervening earlier to help change lives for the better. We want to be working alongside providers on ways data sources can help ensure our most vulnerable New Zealanders are getting access to the services that they need,” Ms Adams says.
Social Development
Thu 18 May 2017
Temporary homes will be moved on to the Whakatāne Holiday Park and next to flood-damaged homes while properties in the Edgecumbe area are repaired, Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. The Ministers visited the holiday park to see the region’s recovery first-hand, and visit the site where a number of temporary homes will be built to increase accommodation options in the area. ...