Welfare Law Gets Total Re-write

Urgent update! Submissions close 22nd June – check our latest post with more analysis and ideas for a submission – Welfare Law: comment due 22 June. There are some significant policy changes coming to social welfare under the Social Security Act Rewrite Bill (all 454 pages of it!) that was introduced into Parliament on 17th…

Easter Trading to be Whipped Through

The consciences of Government MPs will be “whipped” into line it seems as a new Easter Trading Bill has been introduced into Parliament. The Minister sponsoring the Bill, Michael Woodhouse, has previously voted against changes but he has now ironed out his conscience and declared himself “comfortable” with fronting this legislation. Catholic social justice agency…

New Zealand Health Strategy

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has released an updated New Zealand Health Strategy for public consultation and is running a thorough consultation process to engage New Zealanders in the future direction of their health system. Two draft documents have been produced:1) Future Direction, which sets out the high level thinking behind the strategy, and 2) Roadmap of…

CPAG Hikoi for Homes Nov 21st

Every Child deserves the best start in a warm, dry, secure home. This is the key message of CPAG’s campaign for healthy and affordable homes. CPAG is calling on the Government to act urgently to make sure all rental accommodation is healthy and affordable for families. Introduce and enforce a Warrant of Fitness for housing….

Wellington’s 14 Hour Homeless Event 8 October

The Downtown Community Ministry (DCM), the Soup Kitchen, Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, Wellington Night Shelter and The Salvation Army have joined together to raise funds for their work with homeless people and to raise awareness about Wellington City Council’s Te Mahana initiative to eradicate homelessness in the city. Collectively these organisations work with hundreds of people each year who…

Social Housing Transfers: next stage

The next phase of the social housing transfer process for HNZ houses in Tauranga and Invercargill beings on 31st August with a “market sounding” process. This involves organisations interested in the transfers outlining their level of interest and whether the Treasury’s proposed terns for the transactions would achieve the outcomes being sought. After this phase,…

Elder Abuse Awareness Week

Elder Abuse and Neglect is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Elder Abuse Awareness week begins on 15th June with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Most elder abuse tends to be…