Welfare reforms announced by the Government today are expected to ramp up the pressure on beneficiaries to return to the workforce.
Work testing sole parents on the domestic purposes benefit (DPB) is an unjustifiable breach of human rights, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson advised Parliament today.
The Government was "kicking people when they're down", Dunedin Methodist Mission chief executive Laura Black said last night.
Families using the new Whanua Ora social services system will have to accept it is based on the Maori way of doing things, Prime Minister John Key says.
Secrecy around the Government's Whanau Ora policy is a sign that ministers couldn't agree about it, Labour's social development spokeswoman Annette King said today.