New President for NZCCSS

Lt. Col. Ian Hutson, Director of the Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliament Unit, is the new President of NZCSS. At the AGM held on 23rd November in Wellington past-President Lisa Woolley, who remains on Council as Vice-President, welcomed Ian into the role and, also reflected on her time as President: “over these last few…

Migration and aged care

Aged care workers from overseas are among those affected by changing approaches to migration in this country. The aged care sector relies heavily on migrant nurses and healthcare assistants. Around a quarter of the nursing workforce is overseas qualified. A recent survey of some Auckland residential aged care providers found that one-quarter of their healthcare…

Change Happens!

Empowerment and Success Conference 2017 –  A Brief Recap Change Happens! The conference took place only day after the confirmation of new Labour-led coalition government. Keynote speakers and presenters made some last minute updates and government speakers found their messages cast in a new political light. More than a hundred people from the community and…

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…