Releases

Social Development
Mon 21 Nov 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that current Work and Income clients who were underpaid due to a coding error in Accommodation Supplement payments will start to receive reimbursements this week. The incorrect payments, which date back to 1993, have resulted in 49,000 current and former clients being eligible for payments. 22,000 current clients will receive a total of $14 million in reimbursements, with all of the payments expected to be made by the end of the year, accompanied by a letter of apology from the Ministry.
Social Development
Mon 21 Nov 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that current Work and Income clients who were underpaid due to a coding error in Accommodation Supplement payments will start to receive reimbursements this week. The incorrect payments, which date back to 1993, have resulted in 49,000 current and former clients being eligible for payments. 22,000 current clients will receive a total of $14 million in reimbursements, with all of the payments expected to be made by the end of the year, accompanied by a letter of apology from the Ministry.
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
Eligibility for housing assistance and student allowances could be established more accurately under information sharing proposals released for public consultation today by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse. Information sharing already exists between IRD and MSD, but the Government is proposing to group the various current information sharing agreements into one. The proposals also extend the use of information to enable MSD to:
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
Eligibility for housing assistance and student allowances could be established more accurately under information sharing proposals released for public consultation today by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse. Information sharing already exists between IRD and MSD, but the Government is proposing to group the various current information sharing agreements into one. The proposals also extend the use of information to enable MSD to:
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
The Government has announced a wage subsidy package as an initial step to help small businesses in and around Kaikoura. The package will assist those companies most seriously disrupted by this week's earthquakes to retain their staff while the district recovers. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say that the complete closure of State Highway One to the north and south of Kaikoura has stranded the business sectors of Kaikoura and other small towns in the area.
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
The Government has announced a wage subsidy package as an initial step to help small businesses in and around Kaikoura. The package will assist those companies most seriously disrupted by this week's earthquakes to retain their staff while the district recovers. Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say that the complete closure of State Highway One to the north and south of Kaikoura has stranded the business sectors of Kaikoura and other small towns in the area.
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
The 0800 779 997 Government Helpline has been activated to assist people needing financial and other support following the November 14 earthquake, Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say. The 0800 779 997 number will operate seven days a week from 7am to 9pm until further notice. “The Helpline provides a one-stop source of information on the services and assistance available to people affected by the emergency,” Mr Brownlee says.
Social Development
Thu 17 Nov 2016
The 0800 779 997 Government Helpline has been activated to assist people needing financial and other support following the November 14 earthquake, Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say. The 0800 779 997 number will operate seven days a week from 7am to 9pm until further notice. “The Helpline provides a one-stop source of information on the services and assistance available to people affected by the emergency,” Mr Brownlee says.
Wed 16 Nov 2016
Nine communities around New Zealand will receive funding of $10,000 each to deliver the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme in 2017, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “This programme aims to foster an ongoing, sustainable relationship between young people and the volunteer emergency services,” says Mrs Tolley. “Young people involved get to build their knowledge and skills, and it’s also a boost for communities which can sometimes find it difficult to attract emergency services volunteers.
Wed 16 Nov 2016
Nine communities around New Zealand will receive funding of $10,000 each to deliver the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme in 2017, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “This programme aims to foster an ongoing, sustainable relationship between young people and the volunteer emergency services,” says Mrs Tolley. “Young people involved get to build their knowledge and skills, and it’s also a boost for communities which can sometimes find it difficult to attract emergency services volunteers.
Tue 15 Nov 2016
Around 40 South Island young people and people working in the youth sector are being supported to attend the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, which kicked off in Christchurch yesterday, says Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley. Organised by Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based think tank, the three day summit aims to inspire and educate participants in how technology can be harnessed to create change and build a positive future. ...
Tue 15 Nov 2016
Around 40 South Island young people and people working in the youth sector are being supported to attend the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, which kicked off in Christchurch yesterday, says Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley. Organised by Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based think tank, the three day summit aims to inspire and educate participants in how technology can be harnessed to create change and build a positive future. ...