Keeping Faith in Politics

Keeping Faith in Politics 2017 election series Seeking the Common Good in a World of Self-Interest 6:30pm, 30 March, Venue: Wellington Cathedral Rev. Dr Ellie Sanderson, (Canon Theological Diocese of Wellington) The University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues is asking the ‘big questions’ this election year, like: ‘can we believe in politics?…

Living Wage = a better life

Living Wage moves to $20.20 The Living Wage rate for 2017 was announced on 21st February and comes into effect on 1st July 2017. At $20.20 it has increased by 40 cents an hour, in line with the movement in general wages. NZCCSS is one of 64 accredited Living Wage employers around New Zealand and…

Happy Christmas

E ngā kaihāpai i ō tātou kaumātua, i ō tatou whānau rawakore huri noa i ngā motu, nei rā te mihi nui ki a koutou mā i te wā Kirihimete kei te haere. Mā te Atua koutou e tiaki. To those who support our older people, our families in need Christmas Greetings to you all….

Community Sector and Client Information

In the October Kete Kupu issue, NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey signaled the major concerns in the community sector about the way the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is seeking to require sharing of client information held by non-government organisations that are contracted to the Ministry to provide social services in all contracts by mid-2017….

A Snapshot of NZCCSS Membership

Over the past year NZCCSS has been overhauling and refreshing our membership database to help us better understand the range and scope of the services provided by the six church social services networks that are the NZCCSS members. The criteria for inclusion in our database is that the organisations are registered charities or part of…

Gerontology, Ageing & Spirituality Conference

Selwyn Institute’s 2016 conference 7 December 2016 Auckland Internationally acclaimed US professor and nurse theorist, Dr Jean Watson, will be keynote speaker at this year’s Gerontology Nursing Conference on 7 December 2016, hosted by The Selwyn Foundation’s Institute for Ageing and Spirituality. Holder of the American Academy of Nursing’s highest honour, the ‘Living Legend’ award,…

Take a Stand Against Ageism

The World Health Organisation called for an end to ageism to mark International Day of Older Persons. The description of ageism is worth reading: “Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially “normalized” of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism. It exists when the media portrays all old…

Spotlight on our members

Margaret Martin, Sisters of Mercy Wiri, and NZCCSS Council member, has penned this perceptive insight into housing. GOING DOWN State house numbers going down In 2013, 69,000 owned by the Crown.   People sleep in garages, cars and on the floor while MSD waiting lists continue to soar Men, women and children out in the cold And…

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…

Welfare Law must become more child-centred

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 19th July 2016 This is a vital opportunity for politicians to move to a more child-centred approach to social welfare. That is a key message from NZCCSS today to MPs at Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee hearing on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. NZCCSS Policy Advisor Paul Barber told MPs that…