More people going hungry says Salvation Army

Salvation Army data released this week gives a clear indication of the continued need for food assistance in communities, and supports the experience of NZCCSS’ wider social services networks. The data shows that 54,000 emergency food parcels were given out in the past year and this number is up by 9 percent on the previous year, suggesting people were not coping with the…

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Policy Watch April 2016

While an adult may fall into poverty temporarily, falling into poverty in childhood can last a lifetime – rarely does a child get a second chance at an education or a healthy start in life. Unicef Kia ora tātou katoa Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on Taika Waititi’s…

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NZCCSS Post Budget Briefings

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is hosting the 3rd annual Post Budget Briefing, with Finance Minister the Hon Bill English once again fronting up to discuss his thinking behind Budget 2016 decisions. Wellington Monday 30 May 7.30am – 8.45am [light refreshments provided] Loaves and Fishes, Hill Street, Thorndon Auckland Friday 3 June 10am-11.30am…

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New Zealand Health Strategy launched

The Ministry of Health as released the final Health Strategy. The strategy has two parts: New Zealand Health Strategy: Future Direction – this sets out the overarching direction of the health system over 10 years. New Zealand Health Strategy: Roadmap of Actions 2016 – identifies 27 areas for action over five years. NZCCSS notes and supports the inclusion of a specific…

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Growing inequality among children in high income countries says UNICEF

You would be forgiven for sounding incredulous when you read the latest UNICEF Report Card 13 “Fairness for Children“. The report provides evidence on how inequality is affecting children in high income countries, and New Zealand children are included. UNICEF New Zealand’s National Advocacy Manager, Deborah Morris-Travers says: Report Card 13 shows that across the OECD, children’s economic security has declined in…

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Does counting for outcomes demonstrate effective evidence-based policy

In the brave new world of counting for outcomes, a recent article by Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, Morgan Foundation, reminds us that a focus on increasing and decreasing numbers can only take our understanding of a societal problem so far. The article raises concern over the inclusion of the decreasing numbers of people receiving welfare support, as an example…

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