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…

Stressed Families: Overstretched Services

MEDIA RELEASE:   Thursday June 23, 2016 “Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress”, says Trevor McGlinchey, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)  Executive Officer.  “The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available”. “For the last…

Homelessness nearly 42,000

After the deluge of media attention in recent weeks, it will come as no surprise that the homelessness numbers are on the increase. The latest total had hit nearly 42,000 in 2013 according to Otago University researchers, not including those living in emergency accommodation such as night shelters (in 2006 this was around 650). Severe…