Reducing child poverty should no increase welfare dependency

Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, December 3, 2017 The new government will announce a mini budget on December 14, 2017. It may well include some of the changes to the welfare system that Labour promised during the election campaign.Welfare reform requires great care. Of all policy areas, the unintended consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating, especially for children.In 1998…

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New Zealand’s public health system needs a thorough check-up

Peter Dunne Christchurch, November 17, 2017 Politician and commentator Austin Mitchell once described the New Zealand education system as “a complex balance of groups, so nicely deadlocked as to make change impossible.” Undoubtedly accurate as it was a description of educational administration at the time, it is also a description that could be applied, just as accurately, to our current…

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Ethnic people ignored for leadership roles in New Zealand

This is not Inclusive New Zealand Eric Chuah New research shows that ethnic diversity at the leadership table is the key ingredient missing from a truly inclusive multicultural society in New Zealand. As a part of a social enterprise research project undertaken by Multicultural New Zealand and Cultural Connections in August 2017, more than 400 migrants were asked a series…

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Global body adopts new code to protect e-services

Frederic Trojani Paris, November 13, 2017 The Secure Identity Alliance, the global identity and secure eServices advisory body, has announced the adoption of a Code of Conduct to which all the members of the Alliance said. Developed in consultation with individual members to support best practices and enforce industry standards, the new Code enshrines the commitment of Secure Identity Alliance’s…

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Language framework should include other tongues as well

Joris de Bres Wellington, November 11, 2017 Sunita Narayan is delighted to see new initiatives for te reo Maori and Pasifika languages in the Labour-led government’s policy programme, but hopes that other community languages will not be forgotten. As the longest-serving member of the Wellington Hindi School, she knows the challenges that ethnic communities face to provide opportunities for young…

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For sure, Andrew Little has a huge job on his hands

Foreshore and Seabed issue would decide our future Dr Muriel Newman Whangarei, November 5, 2017 If anyone was hoping that the election would deliver some form of reprieve from the hundreds of overlapping claims for the foreshore and seabed resulting from National’s disastrous Marine and Coastal Area Act, they will be sorely disappointed. The only politician to campaign for a…

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Depression is better treated as 12 separate disorders

Supplied Content Auckland, November 2, 2017 The way depression is diagnosed and treated needs a major overhaul, authors of a new review article in the scientific journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity have said. This is because current treatment of depression is ineffective and lacks a plausible, coherent theoretical basis, they claimed. A new theory for depression and its treatment is…

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