Canterbury-Waitaha ANZASW collective Hikoi

Invitation from the Canterbury-Waitaha ANZASW Collective. The PSA SWAN members and other community allies will be joining in a Hikoi in early September to highlight some serious issues in our society. We are holding an initial planning meeting at the PSA office, 521 Blenheim Road, Christchurch, on Monday 19 June. Please come along and help to…

Thinking Outside the Box?

‘Solitary confinement’; ‘segregation’; ‘isolation’; ‘seclusion’; ‘de-escalation’; ‘separation’; ‘high security’; ‘supermax’; ‘special management’; ‘low stimulus;’ ‘secure care’; and ‘time out’ are the subject of a recent report requested by the Human Rights Commission and funded by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of…

People’s Mental Health Report

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi—engari he toa takitini ke!  Essentially I never stand alone. The person you see, or support, or uplift, or judge, or diminish is never just me. Never just one. What you do to me, you do to my entire ancestry. For I am just one of the most recent…

Great News for Carers

Today’s announcement of a settlement of the Equal Pay case is a welcome step towards recognising the vital work of those doing care work in this country and for work done mainly by women. It also recognises the importance of older people and others who are living with disabilities who are supported through this work,…

Intrusive Data Collection Justification Looks Thin and Dubious

Garth Nowland-Foreman The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is controversially demanding identifying information about individual clients in exchange for its funding from 1st July. Charities and other non-profits providing essential social services are concerned this may put off vulnerable people seeking help when they need it most. It also has the potential to undermine one…

Housing First Tackles Auckland Homelessness

NZCCSS member agencies in Auckland continue to lead the way in responding to homelessness in Auckland. The launch in March of the Auckland Housing First initiative is a collaboration driven by LifeWise, the Auckland City Mission along with VisionWest, Affinity Services and Wise Group’s LinkPeople and funded through MSD and the Auckland City Council. The…

Hope in Action Around the Country

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” (Lilla Watson) Updates from social services Giving New Confidence and Self-esteem: The Anglican Trust for Women and Children in Auckland reports their Camp Orama gave mother…

Keeping Faith in Politics

Keeping Faith in Politics 2017 election series Seeking the Common Good in a World of Self-Interest 6:30pm, 31 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….