Defending the Privacy of Client Data

Individual Client Level Data NZCCSS has joined with others from the ComVoices network to take a leadership role in opposing the collection of Individual Client Level Data.  This work has included supporting the crafting of an issues paper and a letter to Ministers. While the recent agreement to delay implementation for specialist sexual violence services…

Intrusive Data Collection Justification Looks Thin and Dubious

Garth Nowland-Foreman The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is controversially demanding identifying information about individual clients in exchange for its funding from 1st July. Charities and other non-profits providing essential social services are concerned this may put off vulnerable people seeking help when they need it most. It also has the potential to undermine one…

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…

Housing First Tackles Auckland Homelessness

NZCCSS member agencies in Auckland continue to lead the way in responding to homelessness in Auckland. The launch in March of the Auckland Housing First initiative is a collaboration driven by LifeWise, the Auckland City Mission along with VisionWest, Affinity Services and Wise Group’s LinkPeople and funded through MSD and the Auckland City Council. The…

Hope in Action Around the Country

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” (Lilla Watson) Updates from social services Giving New Confidence and Self-esteem: The Anglican Trust for Women and Children in Auckland reports their Camp Orama gave mother…

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…

Keeping Faith in Politics

Keeping Faith in Politics 2017 election series Seeking the Common Good in a World of Self-Interest 6:30pm, 31 March, Venue: Wellington Cathedral Rev. Dr Ellie Sanderson, (Canon Theological Diocese of Wellington) The University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues is asking the ‘big questions’ this election year, like: ‘can we believe in politics?…

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…