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Minister of Social Development: Families Commission Board Appointments

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced today the appointment of two new members to the Board of the Families Commission.

Retired Family Court Judge Paul von Dadelszen and Jo-anne Wilkinson, MNZN, Project K co-founder, have been appointed for three year terms to fill two...

Families Commission’s new mandate to identify what works and what doesn’t

New legislation passed yesterday will see the Families Commission working to increase the use of quality evidence to inform better decisions and promote debate on key social sector issues to improve the lives of New Zealand communities, families and whānau.

Chief Families Commissioner...

Statement from Chief Families Commissioner 12 March 2014

Following media coverage of today’s Select Committee hearing, Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says, “We have received advice from the State Services Commission on the guidelines for board members of Crown Entities seeking political office. It confirms that our approach is consistent...

GUiNZ appoints Harvard epidemiologist as scientific advisory group chair

Harvard epidemiologist Professor Carlos A Camargo has been appointed the new chair of the Expert Scientific Advisory Group for the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) longitudinal study.

 

The Advisory Group is comprised of New Zealand and international experts in child development,...

Better family violence evidence needed

The Families Commission is recommending improved ways to measure family violence so those working to reduce family violence can make better informed policies and decisions.

The Commission, which funds the work of the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse and the White Ribbon Campaign...

Strengthen family ties this Children’s Day

There are lots of ways to celebrate Children’s Day this Sunday, and Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes suggests families might consider starting a new family tradition to mark the importance of New Zealand’s children.

“There are a lot of great fun events on around the country to...

Opinion Piece: More money not the answer to family violence

By Belinda Milnes, Chief Commissioner

In the lead up to an election-year budget there is always a clamour from all corners of the country for government to commit to more funding for this, a greater investment in that or a new programme to solve this problem.

But...

Fall in teen pregnancies welcomed

The Families Commission welcomes the substantial drop in teen pregnancy reported in the State of the Nation released today.

Pregnancies among teenagers aged 15 to 19 years dropped 14% between 2010 and 2011. Rates amongst young teenagers, aged under 15, also declined.

Chief Families...

Opinion Piece: Why our children need to fail

By Belinda Milnes, Chief Commissioner

While we all want our children to succeed, we also need to let our kids experience failure.

As hard as it may be, kids need to learn how to cope with disappointment, setbacks and failure, to be resilient. This isn’t about...

Last update: 26 Mar 2017