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Support for female products

Salvation Army has recently launched a new online initiative allowing shoppers to donate $15 women’s hygiene bundle to young women who go without sanitary products. The initiative follows a steady increase of requests over the last year as prices have increased. Major Pam Waugh, Head of Salvation Army Community Ministries, reported “Many women, particularly mums with teenage daughters, who were…

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Housing Action and Inaction

Housing is dominating the headlines as Auckland wrestles with the crisis of a lack of affordable housing to rent or buy and struggles to digest the enormous length and scale of the just-released Unitary Plan! The Salvation Army’s Ian Hutson has reminded Aucklanders that they will need to pull together: “Inadequate affordable quality housing is…

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Data tell a flimsy story

The number of people receiving a main benefit has continued to fall, with a drop of 5,172 (1.8%) according to the latest data [June quarter, 2016], and the official word is people receiving Sole Parent Support are driving this fall. The introduction of the Child Hardship Package and the extra $25 a week (minus reductions) on the condition of increased…

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Spotlight on NZCCSS members

ACROSS: New Children’s Missioner Karlyn Sullivan-Jones has joined the team at ACROSS in Palmerston North as “Children’s Missioner”. The new role of Children’s Missioner is to serve as an advocate for the needs of children in our community. Karlyn will be working with churches and community organisations in Palmerston North to improve access to services for…

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Dangerous Conversations lecture series – August 2016

  The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is hosting a new lunchtime lecture series on important contemporary issues. Entitled ‘Dangerous Conversations’, the series focuses on four of the critical challenges facing New Zealand – the housing crisis, low wages, gender inequality, and the limitations of traditional models of charity in meeting social needs. The Dean of…

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Family violence data summaries 2016

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse (NZFVC) has published the latest Family Violence Data Summaries 2016 data summaries. The data summaries are a collation of family violence statistics from government and non-government agencies and research studies. The 2016 Data Summaries show: In 2015, there were 110,114 family violence investigations by NZ Police In 2015, NZ Police…

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The contribution of non-profit institutions in New Zealand

“Overall, it looks like non profits, while crucial to New Zealand economy and society, are more precarious than they have been, for at least a decade and possibly longer.” Garth Nowland-Foreman, Director of LEAD, Centre for Not for Profit Leadership. The title might not be that snazzy, but the content of Statistics New Zealand’s Non-profit institutions satellite account 2013…

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Child Rich Communities: Aotearoa’s Bright Spots

Child Rich Communities Aotearoa New Zealand ‘Bright Spots’. Exploring Aotearoa New Zealand’s ‘Bright Spots’. Local and Community-Led Projects Making a Difference to Children and Families turns on its head the usual deficit analysis of problems and vulnerability. The commissioning organisations for this report are: Inspiring Communities, Plunket,  UNICEF and Every Child Counts. Acting on a ‘hunch’, these organisations sought to make visible locally-based, community-led…

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Stressed Families: Overstretched Services

MEDIA RELEASE:   Thursday June 23, 2016 “Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress”, says Trevor McGlinchey, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)  Executive Officer.  “The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available”. “For the last…

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Policy Watch June 2016

“We like to believe that New Zealand is a great place for children. For the majority of our children this is true. But it is not true for children living in poverty.” Dr Russell Wills, Children’s Commissioner Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on outgoing Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell…

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