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….

Finance Minister Briefs Social Services

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce briefed social services and others from the community on the details of the Government Budget at Budget Briefing breakfasts organised by NZCCSS at the end of May. This was a great opportunity for him to meet with and engage with the community sector in his new role as Minister of…

Family Violence – update on reforms

Family Violence Summit A Family Violence Summit was held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Wednesday 7 June 2017, chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and co-hosted by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Summit supported work already underway as part of the Government’s family violence reforms, which includes the introduction of the…

Thank You to Volunteers

NZCCSS estimates that nearly 16,000 people are doing voluntary work with social services agencies throughout New Zealand. They join the estimated 1.2 million volunteers who contribute to our community every year. The story of Maurice Marks who volunteers with Christchurch City Mission story is typical of the work of thousands of volunteers. He drives a…

A Short Guide to Good Renting

Half of New Zealand’s population lives in rental housing and 7 out of 10 children living in poverty live in rental housing. Generation rent is already here and New Zealanders need to really get better at doing rental housing. NZCCSS along with many others is working hard to achieve better housing standards and rental laws…