Community groups must be free to advocate for the people they serve. It’s these people who see first-hand if ideas dreamt up in Wellington actually work on the ground. It’s essential that they can speak freely and tell the public about the real impact of government policy, if it’s working, if things are really improving, […]
This Easter I’m at home reading papers on urban development and social development, in between trying to catch up on Masterchef and make up time away from my partner. It’s a peaceful time, but I know many people are spending this Easter waiting in trepidation to find out if they’ll have a job in a […]
Earlier this week the Justice and Electoral select committee heard submissions on the Human Rights Amendment bill and learned from the Auckland Domestic Violence and Disability Working Group that its member not-for-profit groups did not feel they could submit on the bill for fear that it would jeopardise their funding contracts if they were to […]
The news that the faith-based unit at Rimutaka prison is to be closed is disappointing, to say the least. The unit and the programmes run there for nearly a decade have routinely been praised for changing attitudes and lives of the participants, including some people with long histories of criminal offending, and often serious offending. […]
Submissions started today on the Lobbying Disclosure Bill, and the biggest news was Labour’s decision to withdraw the proposed exemption for unions and NGOs.
It seems like John Key has got a big thing for supporting business – Australian business, that is! First there was National’s neither confirm nor deny position on its campaign relationship with Aussie attack politics consultants Crosby Textor. Then Key was forced to admit that a National-led Government would want to privatise ACC – despite […]