Social Work Too Hard to Define?

Disappointment that the Select Committee has not recommend changes in key areas of the Bill on scope of practice for social work was the first reaction from social workers’ organisations to the report on the Social Workers Registration Amendment Bill released on 19th April. Both the Association of Social Workers  and the Public Service Association…

Tenancy Reviews on Hold

More good news for low income renters was the decision by Housing Minister Phil Twyford to pause all tenancy reviews for people living in public housing, which are Housing NZ or community housing where an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS) is paid. The introduction of tenancy reviews for almost all of those living in social housing…

Right Care, Right Time?

Right Care, Right Time? The industry organisation for the aged care sector, NZACA, has described access to aged care as a “DHB lottery” based on the findings of a research report released in April. The report found older people in some DHBs had to wait six months or more longer for admission to rest home…

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…