Anne Tolley

Anne Tolley’s Child Sex Offender cock-up

via RNZ


Parliament has gone into urgency to fix a legal loophole allowing more than 100 child sex offenders to go unregistered.

The law introducing a national register came into effect last October, but convicted offenders who were on release conditions or had not yet been sentenced were taken off the list.

Police Minister Paula Bennett said those offenders were meant to be captured by the law and the changes being introduced today would make that clear. Read more »

Labour never did this, and National simply don’t get enough credit

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the number of teen mums requiring a benefit has fallen significantly since 2009, alongside increased government support to help them and their families lead independent and successful lives.

There were 57 per cent fewer young mums on main benefits at the end of 2016 compared to 2009, down from 4,263 to 1,836.

Teen parents have some of the highest lifetime costs of any group on welfare, going on to spend more than 17 years on benefits.

“We want to see young families thrive, rather than relying on benefits,” says Mrs Tolley.

“If we can give young mums opportunities to be independent and successful then that will mean better lives for their children. We know that kids who grow up in benefit-dependent homes are more likely themselves to go on to a benefit, are more likely to be notified to CYF and are less likely to achieve NCEA Level 2. Read more »


Next education minister will be too meek to be any use, says Chris Holden

The next Education Minister needs to take on and destroy the teacher unions, but Chris Holden reckons they will be as meek as a mouse.

One could easily be forgiven for thinking Parliament is increasingly becoming a place where MPs are more concerned about their public profile and political ambitions than they are about implementing real change.

In my view Hekia Parata was different.

Why? Because Hekia Parata couldn?t care less what people think of her, no matter how many union busses were parked on the Parliamentary forecourt bearing unionists armed to the teeth with placards and megaphones protesting against her proposed changes.

Appointed as the Minister of Education in 2011, Hekia Parata had one single political ambition: Lift the standard of educational outcomes in New Zealand.

I saw this first hand while I worked in Hekia?s ministerial office on the fifth floor of the Beehive last year.

Looking back, there was no such thing as a too-hard basket in Hekia?s office.

Rather, there was a flying pig hanging from the ceiling over a boardroom-style table, which exists as a symbolic representation of Hekia?s unrivalled dedication to achieve what some might consider the politically impossible.

As the Minister of Education, Hekia had to front-foot hard, controversial and often unpopular decisions.

She had to close schools, defend charter schools (a product of ACT?s confidence and supply agreement with National) and oversee a review of the Education Act.

In my view, Hekia Parata will leave Parliament sometime next year with the firmly held belief the education system is in a better place than when she took over the portfolio from Anne Tolley.

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Child sex register to be set up within a month

A good start but it really should be public.

New Zealand’s first register of child sex offenders will be set up within 30 days.

Parliament on Thursday passed the bill that authorises it by 107 votes to 14.

Police and other agencies will have access to it, but the public won’t.

“Currently these offenders can disappear back into communities when they have completed a sentence or order,” Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said.

“When the register begins operating these offenders will be required by law to provide a range of personal; information, and inform the police of any change … we need all these names in one place, on one register.” ? Read more »

Anne Tolley won’t meet her targets, but damn, we need more of her


Anne Tolley has effectively conceded that National is unlikely to meet its objective of moving 65,000 people off the benefit within the next two years.

The Minister for Social Development revealed that while the Government is “working hard to meet the target”, it was merely an “aspirational” ambition – and she also admitted to being “not too worried” by the number of people coming off welfare support.

Thirty-three-thousand people have come off benefits in the last two years, and Ms Tolley says other positives have come out of her ministry’s social investment approach to welfare. Read more »

Tolley: giving money and food away doesn?t solve the problem

The churches are politicking again. Perhaps it is time to look, once again, at their status.

As usual the Media party take their side despite clear contradictions between the claims made and the facts in the report.

The government is dumping responsibility for desperate people on the charitable sector, say New Zealand’s Christian social services.

A new report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, released today, says demand on social service organisations has soared, while government support has shrunk, particularly in the form of food grants.

Read the full report online here

Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey said like many of the people they served, social service organisations were under huge financial stress, with government funding staying largely static for the last eight years.

Desperation to find housing, food and sufficient income to survive had become “the new normal” for many families, he said.

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Kids like Moko will continue to die. Tolley says Government can’t help them


Ms Tolley, who was at the pre-Budget announcement for sexual violence services, said those responsible for Moko’s death had already accepted responsibility.

“We have a court process where two people put their hands up to torturing a three-year-old which resulted in his death. That’s the truth.? Those people are the two people responsible for Moko’s death.

“It’s an absolute tragedy and your heart goes out to all the family. It would be the worst nightmare for a family to lose a child in that way,” she said. Read more »


What TV3 calls ?hard line? beneficiary reforms, we call ?long overdue?

Newshub are all aghast at the beneficiary reforms, which most hard working Kiwi taxpayers will be cheering for.

Newshub can reveal the full extent of the Government’s crackdown on beneficiaries.

Since hard-line welfare reforms in 2013, 165,177 sanctions have been placed on beneficiary payments.

The majority were for failing to attend an appointment, but also included failing a drugs test and refusing a job.

The penalties range from a 25 percent reduction in benefit to a full cancellation for 13 weeks.

Today there was a steady stream of foot traffic into Newtown’s WINZ office in Wellington, hoping to avoid penalties for breaking the benefit rules. ?? Read more »

More good news


via ODT

The number of people on a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says it dropped by 4369, or 1.5 percent, in the year to March.

That took the total number of people receiving a main benefit down to 279,891. Read more »

Massive changes to child protection and care

It has been obvious for years that Child Youth and Family was broken. Today the government announced massive changes including the a replacement agency for CYF.

Anne Tolley made the announcement:

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Cabinet has agreed to major state care reforms and a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family to improve the long-term life outcomes for New Zealand?s most vulnerable population.

?The whole system needs to be transformed if we are to give these young people the protection and life opportunities they deserve,? says Mrs Tolley.

?After making a very clear case for change in its interim report, the expert panel advising me on the radical overhaul of CYF has delivered a final report with a bold set of recommendations for a new child-centred system which the government is taking action on. I want to thank Dame Paula Rebstock, the panel and its support team, and my youth advisory panel for their hard work and dedication.

?A new system will be in place by the end of March 2017 which will have high aspirations for all children and address their short and long-term wellbeing and support their transition into adulthood.

?It will focus on five core services ? prevention, intensive intervention, care support services, transition support and a youth justice service aimed at preventing offending and reoffending.? ?? Read more »