National claims initiative for reducing Child Poverty

Paula Bennett Wellington, December 7, 2017 Confirmation from the Children’s Commissioner that the growth in child poverty has been halted is largely due to initiatives introduced by National. Judge Andrew Beacroft has today confirmed that since the National Government increased benefits in 2015, there has been a drop in the number of children living in low income households. Great News…

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Downward trend in Child Poverty encouraging

Anton Blank Auckland, December 7, 2017 The latest Child Poverty Monitor, launched in Auckland today, shows a slight decrease in the numbers of New Zealand children living in poverty. The signs are encouraging. The new government’s commitment to putting child poverty targets and measures into legislation now makes the goal of reversing the increase in child poverty attainable. Government action…

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Programme to learn how the brain talks to every human organ

Research to understand the Autonomic Nervous System Auckland, December 6, 2017 Do you know that almost every emotion activates your nervous system which in turn impacts on the functioning of the brain and other essential organs of your body? That was of course a simplistic question, but it illustrates the need to take cognisance of the importance of the nervous…

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Wellingtonians to have their say on electricity charges

Earthquake Resilience Plan needs $31 million; Submission on Dec 20 Supplied Content Wellington, December 6, 2017 The Commerce Commission has invited public submissions on Wellington Electricity’s plan to spend $31 million on earthquake strengthening its lines network. Wellington Electricity, which distributes electricity to approximately 166,000 homes and businesses in the Wellington region, formally applied to the Commission on December 5,…

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Digital Convergence Bill put on hold

Clare Curran Wellington, December 6, 2017 The Government has put on hold the Digital Convergence Bill to seek greater consensus and ensure the Bill is fit for purpose. A draft Bill produced under the previous government was muddled because of inadequate consultation. It appears that a meaningful digital convergence legislative and regulatory regime was never taken seriously by the previous…

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Government asks Mayors to check water quality

David Parker Wellington, December 6, 2017 I have today released the second stage of the Inquiry into Havelock North’s drinking water contamination. I received the inquiry into Havelock North’s drinking water on Monday night. It makes for sobering reading and the Government is now considering its 51 recommendations. Poor quality unacceptable The report highlights the quality of drinking water in…

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