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Policy Watch : Christmas 2016

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man. Pope Francis Welcome to the latest and last Policy Watch e-newsletter for 2016. For this edition we reflect on the Advent season and its promise of hope, peace, joy and love in readiness for the coming of Christ. Across the country NZCCSS social service agencies are…

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Many Faces of Trauma : Workshop

The Many Faces of Trauma: Leveraging science and leadership to promote and sustain adaptive resilience for children and families Wednesday 4th January 2017 9.00am – 4.30pm Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Level 2 Aurora Centre 56 The Terrace Wellington Begin your year with a significant professional development opportunity. We are fortunate to have Tein Ung of…

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Emergency housing boost but will it solve affordable housing crisis

Against a backdrop of growing numbers of families living in inadequate housing situations such as tents, cars and other temporary dwellings, the recent announcement of $300 million on emergency housing has come in the nick of time. The extra money is looking to find an extra 1400 places, 600 Auckland and 8000 in areas ‘of high demand’, and will specifically go into emergency housing, more support…

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CYF Reforms continue – update

Current reforms to services for vulnerable children, young people and families are building momentum in preparation for the establishment of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki  on 1 April 2017. Here’s an overview of key updates. Appointment of Grianne Moss “There is no more important work than ensuring all the children of New Zealand live in a safe and…

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18 for 4

A creative and affordable response to Auckland’s housing crisis – 8 social housing, 6 assisted ownership and 4 affordable homes built where 4 houses currently are. That is the idea being promoted by Auckland Community Housing Providers. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was at the event along with many others involved with housing in Auckland, to…

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Our Voices, Our Rights

“Children understand their World“ Our Rights, Our Voices was written by Save the Children and UNICEF’s youth ambassadors, and reflects the voices of 1198 children and young people who share their thinking about issues that matter to them. The outcome is an insightful report into what New Zealand’s children and young people see as important to them – relationships, experiences, access…

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2016 State of the Sector Survey

The second ComVoices survey of community and volunteer groups shows financial pressure on community organisations is increasing. The survey of 280 community organisations provides an insight into how they are coping in an environment of greater volumes, complexity but less funding. Some key findings raised in the report. 65% of organisations have more work than two years ago – but only…

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