Overcoming the Debt-Induced Poverty

Access to no-interest loans and a cap on the maximum interest rate on loans are two ways to help people on low incomes to escape the poverty trap of high interest debts. As reported in Kete Kupu June 2017, communities are under siege  from predatory lending practices. In the lead-up to the General Election, a…

Migration and aged care

Aged care workers from overseas are among those affected by changing approaches to migration in this country. The aged care sector relies heavily on migrant nurses and healthcare assistants. Around a quarter of the nursing workforce is overseas qualified. A recent survey of some Auckland residential aged care providers found that one-quarter of their healthcare…

Stepping into the Future (with Winston)…

International Day of Older Persons 1st October Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society This year’s International Day of the Older Persons coincides with the negotiations to form a new coalition government in New Zealand. The theme for 2017 is  “about enabling and expanding the contributions of…

Rental Law Changes a Piecemeal Approach

Residential Tenancies Amendment  Bill (Nr 2) NZCCSS Submission The proposed changes to rental laws are not sufficient and another example of a piecemeal approach to rental law in this country. This is the key message of the NZCCSS submission to Parliament in August. Rental law changes are on the table in Parliament and even though…

Election 2017 & Older People

Fair Incomes and Affordable Housing for Older People The economic wellbeing of older people, is crucial says Age Concern. Three out of five older people rely almost completely on NZ Super for their income with little or no savings or other income. That means that what happens with NZ Super is a central issue. Grey…

Election Issues 2017

Equality Network Election Statement 2017 – Immediate Actions and Longer Term goals Inequality remains the big issue in peoples’ minds heading into this election. The “Great Divergence” that opened up in the 1980s and 90s, is not reducing so the groups that are part of the Equality Network have come up with 3 immediate action…

One Simple Change

Take Action One simple change to reduce poverty and inequality would be to pay a Child Tax Credit to all the nearly 200,000 children living on homes where no-one is in paid work. Watch and share this video where Wellington GP Pauline Horrill talks about what it is like for one of her patients, a…

Community Housing in Growth Mode

CHA-IMACT conference The 2017 Community Housing Aotearoa IMPACT conference was the biggest yet for the sector that is leading much of the change happening in social housing.There were around 300 people at Te Papa in Wellington and the atmosphere was vibrant and full of ideas for building homes and communities. This reflects the reality of…

Church Leaders ‘Robust Engagement’ with PM

There was “robust engagement with political leaders” on the issues of housing, refugees and social investment, says Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson, when church leaders met with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett in May. The church leaders at the meeting together with Archbishop Richardson, were Baptist Leader Daniel Palmer, Roman Catholic Cardinal…

Spiritual Leadership in Aged Care Conference

The Selwyn Institute for Ageing and Spirituality Conference  Friday 1 September 2017 Delegates at this unique and inspirational conference will enjoy a full-day’s programme of thought-provoking presentations on the theme of ‘Spiritual Leadership in Aged Care’ by an exciting line-up of acclaimed speakers from both New Zealand and Australia. This conference will be of interest…