We must speak up about our housing crisis…

Families are paying to live in places that are simply not fit to live in, places that make them and their children sick. Catholic and Anglican church leaders, Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson spoke out in response to the release of research by the Housing Foundation on the benefits of home ownership. “Families…

Pay Equity Settlement – what it means

An Exciting and Challenging Time Ahead NZCCSS welcomed the announcement on 18th April of the pay equity settlement as great news for carers and the older people they work with and “fantastic recognition for the work of caring”. The settlement has been widely welcomed and praised by other peak bodies with the NZ Aged Care…

Cash Works Best For Children

Book Review – “Pennies From Heaven – why cash works best to ensure all children thrive” by Jess Berenton-Shaw & Gareth Morgan “Money works. It works when it is given unconditionally and it works best for those on the lowest incomes…” (p.203) This new book published in March by the Morgan Foundation has done us…

Election Issues 2017 – housing and inequality

The most recent Roy Morgan poll asking people ‘what is the biggest problem facing New Zealand’ shows that housing and homelessness have emerged to join inequality and poverty as the leading problems that people are concerned about. It will be no surprise that the on-going concerns of those working in social services in communities around…

Garage Rental Landlords Taken to Court

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has taken landlords to court using new powers from the changes made to rental laws last year. The changes mean that the government can take action against landlords breaching tenancy rules without requiring the tenants themselves to go to court. People renting are often reluctant to complain…

Seniors Housing Stays in the Community

The future of affordable housing for seniors is looking better in at least one part of Auckland. In December 2016, HBH Senior Living purchased the Stevenson Village rental housing units in Howick. The units have been providing affordable housing for older people since the mid-1970s and had been put on the market by the original…

Innovation in Aged Care

NZCCSS social services continue to lead innovation in aged care The Selwyn Foundation has three new developments under way in Auckland and Cambridge that focus on a model of living for older people needing rest home care that seeks to create small households within larger aged care complex. Selwyn Foundation CEO Garry Smith explains that…

Less Social Housing and Greater Need

Two Years on from the Church Housing Summit February 2015 Two years ago NZCCSS reported on the Churches Housing Summit held in February 2015 that was called in response to quickly changing government policies concerning state housing, social housing and community housing sectors (Social Housing – show Me the houses?). Two years later, what has…

interRAI Costs Outweigh Benefits

A post-project review of the implementation of the interRAI needs assessment tool into aged residential care has been released by the new Associate Minister of Health, Nicky Wagner. In welcoming the report she also referred to “teething issues” in the roll-out process. NZCCSS aged care providers have been dealing with these “teething problems” during the…

Halve Poverty by 2030

New Zealand has signed up to one target to reduce child poverty by half by 2030, but little progress is being made. It is time for the government to make a plan of how to reach this target, said Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft last week at the release of the latest  Child Poverty Monitor figures….

Healthy Ageing Strategy

The Healthy Ageing Strategy was launched in Parliament on 13th December as the replacement for the 2002 Health of Older People Strategy. Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu Iiga speaking at the launch in his final official act as Minister before standing down, praised all those involved in developing the new Strategy over the past two…

Research for Social Justice

Each year NZCCSS organises a Researchers Network meeting to bring together people involved with the social services in our networks and share the research results or projects that they are involved with. The research undertaken within our networks covers a wide range of issues including loneliness and isolation among older people, the experience of prisoners…

18 for 4

A creative and affordable response to Auckland’s housing crisis – 8 social housing, 6 assisted ownership and 4 affordable homes built where 4 houses currently are. That is the idea being promoted by Auckland Community Housing Providers. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was at the event along with many others involved with housing in Auckland, to…