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…

Strategising for Change

Elections and Social Services Policy As we move towards 23 September and the General Election we know that we will have a new government in place. Whether that is a new version of the National Party led government we have had for the last 9 years or a Labour led alliance we do not know….

Data for Social Justice

Social services organisations gather data for a variety of reasons.  The primary driver for many has been the need to report to funders in order demonstrate the effectiveness of their services.  However, quite quickly, this data is also used to help inform a range of reflective practices.  From a practitioner’s perspective, they consider, “who have…

Warm House Cool Landlord

Next time you’re looking for a new rental, make sure you ask to see the insulation statement, before signing the tenancy agreement. If you’re not sure if your home is insulated, talk to your landlord. All rentals must have insulation installed by July 2019. If you’ve got a warm house, you’ve got a cool landlord….

Mandatory Registration for Social Workers

Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children, Anne Tolley has announced the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers. The Social Workers Registration Act 2003 introduced voluntary registration of social workers, with the intention of increasing the overall number of registered social workers employed across government and NGOs. Today there are around 6,300 registered…

Finance Minister Briefs Social Services

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce briefed social services and others from the community on the details of the Government Budget at Budget Briefing breakfasts organised by NZCCSS at the end of May. This was a great opportunity for him to meet with and engage with the community sector in his new role as Minister of…

NGO sector wins concessions

Individual Client Level Data Update As most of you will be aware MSD and the Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki has pulled back on their demand for individual client level data to be supplied to it from 1 July. While this represents a good respite and the beginnings of a sensible approach from government…

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…

Family Violence – update on reforms

Family Violence Summit A Family Violence Summit was held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Wednesday 7 June 2017, chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and co-hosted by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Summit supported work already underway as part of the Government’s family violence reforms, which includes the introduction of the…

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…

Thank You to Volunteers

NZCCSS estimates that nearly 16,000 people are doing voluntary work with social services agencies throughout New Zealand. They join the estimated 1.2 million volunteers who contribute to our community every year. The story of Maurice Marks who volunteers with Christchurch City Mission story is typical of the work of thousands of volunteers. He drives a…