Policy Watch 4 May 2017

All we need is a creative project, and a few good people to work with, and a new thought may spread like wildfire. As the anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Dame Anne Salmond, 2013…

Policy Watch 10 April 2017

“Rather than understanding other cultures, the starting point for change then is understanding our own biases, and mitigating their impact on our decision-making and interactions with others” Unconscious Bias and Education: A comparative Study of Maori and African American students Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on the collaborative work of…

Minister reviews whanau first principles

NZCCSS commends the Social Development Minister Anne Tolley (and the Select Committee process) for her decision to reconsider draft legislative provisions that water down the prioritised placing of Māori children in state care with whānau, hapū and iwi. Radio NZ reported that Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley had spent the last few weeks visiting iwi around the country and talking to…

Family and Whanau Violence legislation Bill

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill, which aims to reform family violence laws, has been introduced into Parliament, and will be referred to Select Committee this week. The Bill amends the Domestic Violence Act and six other Acts. Justice Minister Amy Adams says The omnibus Family and Whānau Violence Bill is an important part of building…

Policy Watch 14 March 2017

Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity” Pope Francis Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on the Lenten season and our forty day journey to prepare for Easter and a closer relationship with God….

Oranga Tamariki legislation Update

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Orange Tamariki) legislation Bill What does a safe, loving and stable home look like? And who is best to provide this? These are the questions at the core of debate on a bill before the Social Services Select Committee that sets out changes to child welfare services, and that will underpin the direction and scope of…

State of the Nation Report: Off the Track

Off the Track: State of the Nation Report 2017 is the tenth report in the State of the Nation series by the Salvation Army and its author Alan Johnson. The title of the report is inspired by a poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, which centres around a decision to take a path less travelled and the…

Security guards the new WINZ receptionists

On your next visit to WINZ don’t be perturbed if you see a security guard running round with a clip board looking frazelled. Security guards have been taking on jobs usually confined to WINZ receptionists, and its been causing a bit of a stir, not least from the security guards themselves. Unite Union say “the guards aren’t actually able to…

Policy Watch : Christmas 2016

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man. Pope Francis Welcome to the latest and last Policy Watch e-newsletter for 2016. For this edition we reflect on the Advent season and its promise of hope, peace, joy and love in readiness for the coming of Christ. Across the country NZCCSS social service agencies are…

Many Faces of Trauma : Workshop

The Many Faces of Trauma: Leveraging science and leadership to promote and sustain adaptive resilience for children and families Wednesday 4th January 2017 9.00am – 4.30pm Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Level 2 Aurora Centre 56 The Terrace Wellington Begin your year with a significant professional development opportunity. We are fortunate to have Tein Ung of…

Emergency housing boost but will it solve affordable housing crisis

Against a backdrop of growing numbers of families living in inadequate housing situations such as tents, cars and other temporary dwellings, the recent announcement of $300 million on emergency housing has come in the nick of time. The extra money is looking to find an extra 1400 places, 600 Auckland and 8000 in areas ‘of high demand’, and will specifically go into emergency housing, more support…