Releases

Fri 28 Oct 2016
The $350,000 Local Government Youth Project Fund is open for applications, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “This fund is about supporting local councils to deliver projects that encourage young people to make a difference in their communities,” says Mrs Tolley. “We want to help councils reach out to young people aged 12 to 24, and offer them more volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities.” The fund can provide one-off amounts to individual councils of between $10,000 and $30,000.
Fri 28 Oct 2016
The $350,000 Local Government Youth Project Fund is open for applications, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “This fund is about supporting local councils to deliver projects that encourage young people to make a difference in their communities,” says Mrs Tolley. “We want to help councils reach out to young people aged 12 to 24, and offer them more volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities.” The fund can provide one-off amounts to individual councils of between $10,000 and $30,000.
Thu 27 Oct 2016
Applications are now open for Youth Fund 2017, which makes $150,000 available for community initiatives led by young people, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “The Youth Fund supports community projects that help more young people between the ages of 12 and 24 participate in volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities,” says Mrs Tolley. “A unique aspect of the fund is that it supports projects designed and led by young people, either working alone or in partnership with youth organisations.
Thu 27 Oct 2016
Applications are now open for Youth Fund 2017, which makes $150,000 available for community initiatives led by young people, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “The Youth Fund supports community projects that help more young people between the ages of 12 and 24 participate in volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities,” says Mrs Tolley. “A unique aspect of the fund is that it supports projects designed and led by young people, either working alone or in partnership with youth organisations.
Social Development
Wed 26 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more young people will have access to increased support to become independent following an extension of the Youth Service which comes into effect this week. Budget 2016 invested $41 million to allow the Youth Service to be extended to 19 year-old parents, one of the groups most at risk of long-term welfare dependency.  ...
Social Development
Wed 26 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more young people will have access to increased support to become independent following an extension of the Youth Service which comes into effect this week. Budget 2016 invested $41 million to allow the Youth Service to be extended to 19 year-old parents, one of the groups most at risk of long-term welfare dependency.  ...
Social Development
Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ministers today welcomed the start of the second Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot site in Waikato and announced another $1.4 million in new funding to support the pilot programme. The ISR pilot involves core agencies and specialist family violence NGOs working together as a team to ensure that families experiencing violence get the help and support they need to stay safe. An additional $1.4 million from the Justice Sector Fund will support the new site in Waikato, as well as the Christchurch pilot site which has been up and running since 4 July.
Social Development
Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ministers today welcomed the start of the second Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot site in Waikato and announced another $1.4 million in new funding to support the pilot programme. The ISR pilot involves core agencies and specialist family violence NGOs working together as a team to ensure that families experiencing violence get the help and support they need to stay safe. An additional $1.4 million from the Justice Sector Fund will support the new site in Waikato, as well as the Christchurch pilot site which has been up and running since 4 July.
Social Development
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work. “Across government, Ministries are exploring ways they can work more collaboratively with the aim of improving the overall life outcomes of New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Social Development
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work. “Across government, Ministries are exploring ways they can work more collaboratively with the aim of improving the overall life outcomes of New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Seven initiatives will each receive $5000 of funding under the inaugural Youth in Civil Defence Fund, Acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley announced today. “This fund is about increasing the involvement of young people in civil defence and emergency preparedness,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people on Sole Parent Support has fallen by more than 15,000 since before welfare reforms were introduced. “Total benefit numbers have fallen by 3,292 in the year to September 2016 to 283,875, and have risen by 3,698 in the last quarter, as is normal this time of year due to seasonal work,” Mrs Tolley says. ...