Policy Watch 29 March 2018

Easter is fast approaching as we write this edition of Policy Watch. For Christians Easter is the most important festival of the year when we remember that the Spirit of life and love is stronger than the power of death and hatred. On the other side of despair is renewed hope, and that is what…

New President for NZCCSS

Lt. Col. Ian Hutson, Director of the Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliament Unit, is the new President of NZCSS. At the AGM held on 23rd November in Wellington past-President Lisa Woolley, who remains on Council as Vice-President, welcomed Ian into the role and, also reflected on her time as President: “over these last few…

Change Happens!

Empowerment and Success Conference 2017 –  A Brief Recap Change Happens! The conference took place only day after the confirmation of new Labour-led coalition government. Keynote speakers and presenters made some last minute updates and government speakers found their messages cast in a new political light. More than a hundred people from the community and…

2017 Election: A Win for Children

Media release 5th September 2017 “We are extremely happy that the leaders of both the largest political parties have committed to lifting 100,000 children out of poverty”, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “Whatever the outcome of this Election we will be holding the ruling majority…

Free Education Gives Best Results

The Equality Network is asking for politicians to commit to a truly free education, which will benefit all children, irrespective of their household incomes. Members of the Equality Network, a non-partisan network of 37 members united by the vision of a more equal Aotearoa New Zealand, say that the hidden costs of education are putting…

More Homes Needed

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 15th August 2017 The Salvation Army’s call for 2,000 to 2,500 more State and social houses per year is strongly supported by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS).  The Salvation Army report “Taking Stock; The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand” provides a well-balanced but sobering overview of…

Election Statement 2017 released

Today the Equality Network (EN) – a group of 37 members (including NZ Council of Christian Social Services) that are united against inequality, released an election statement. The statement outlines three key ideas for a fairer country, ideas that the EN believe should be enacted immediately. These are: Income for all that provides the necessities…

Election Diary 2017

An entirely unscientific collection of dates and events that we have heard about and think others might want to know about as well… Keep an eye on other events happening in our sector under News – Events category of our website Tick4Kids Events Calendar is a wonderful place to find events around the country designed…

Warm House Cool Landlord

Next time you’re looking for a new rental, make sure you ask to see the insulation statement, before signing the tenancy agreement. If you’re not sure if your home is insulated, talk to your landlord. All rentals must have insulation installed by July 2019. If you’ve got a warm house, you’ve got a cool landlord….