Compensation payments to some of New Zealand’s most high-profile offenders have been quietly paid for abuse they suffered while in state care, but plans to restrict how they can use that money have been shelved. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
The Social Investment Agency is the embodiment of one of the previous Government’s key policy planks, so what does it do under a Labour government? The acting Chief Executive Dorothy Adams tells Thomas Coughlan.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced the Government is seeking the views of the public and NGOs on how it uses people’s data to target spending with what the previous Government called a 'social investment approach'.
Carmel Sepuloni has inherited Bill English's social investment approach. She's not throwing it out, but she'd prefer to rebuild the social safety net rather than just targeting those who might fall through. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Bill English was just starting to roll out his social investment idea throughout Government when he lost power. His frustration at Labour's reluctance to wholeheartedly adopt the idea was evident in an interview with Thomas Coughlan.
New Zealanders, on average, are wealthier than ever before, but more of us rely on a benefit to survive. A new report suggests that, to address the growing inter-generational welfare issues, a longer-term approach is needed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Now in charge of the social development portfolio, Carmel Sepuloni wants to change the way those on benefits are viewed by the public. She explains to Shane Cowlishaw how she’ll do it.
In today's email we report from the campaign trail and preview another poll promising to be 'explosive'.