March 25, 2023

Second reading TODAY for the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

Families Children and Parents Together

The Second reading is TODAY for the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

And it looks like it is up first on the agenda if they go through in the order of the “Order Paper”

 1 Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill  67–2 12 x 10 m speeches
Hon Paula Bennett
Second reading†  (Bill contains majority amendments)
Report of the Social Services Committee presented 13 March 2013
Sitting hours 2 pm to 6 pm and 7.30 pm to 10 pm
So we have until 2pm this afternoon to contact our MPs. Please do so immediately and URGENTLY by email and phone.


Please contact all the MPs via email/phone and visits in Wellington if you are able.

Press Release:

My email to MPs to be followed up with a phone call: Letter to MPs

MPs local electorate contact details:

MPs Contact details:

Email list (not completely up-to-date but useful if you don’t have a lot of time to send emails): List Of Members Of Parliament September 2012

Please remember that at any time you could become dependant on a benefit. You do not know when your husband might die of illness or an accident. You don’t know when you might have illness or accident in the family so need to go onto a sickness benefit. With the way the econony is going how secure is your job? Could you end up on the unemployment benefit? Any of these could effect you. Please help fight this bill for the beneficiaries.
The main concerns are:
1. That 3 and 4 year olds must be enrolled in a recognised early childhood education programme
2. to take all reasonable steps to ensure that every dependent child under the age of 5 years is up to date with core checks
3. The work obligations
More information:

I have not had time to read this yet. Because of the urgency I want to get this to you as soon as I found out about this.  I will try to condense this once I have read it.

This bill has been presented to the House and is now available electronically.

The advice is now on the website. The evidence is also on the website, except for four items all with the word “Anonymous” in the keyword were added as evidence when the bill was reported to the House (13 March 2013).

Evidence and advice are found in different areas.

Here is the link to the evidence page.

Here is the ink the advice page.

For both a person needs to fill in the boxes. I suggest this is done as follows…

Select Committee: Social Services Committee

Parliament: 50

Keyword: Social (or anonymous if looking for the new evidence referred to above) Document type: Bill – SC advice


In 1877 New Zealanders lost the freedom to educate our children at home without applying for permission. Our forefathers let us down by not standing up for their rights.

In 2013, will we be the generation that begins to lose the freedom to preschool our own children, to make our own decisions about health care, or to invest our time in our families above a job?

We say NO  

Let us protect the children of Beneficiaries

Because this could extend to ALL children

if this passes



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Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill