State Housing Transfers Law – Too Much Power?

There is concern about the very wide powers being granted to Government Ministers to sell off Housing NZ homes under legislation before Parliament. The Social Housing (Transaction Mandate) Bill is being promoted by the Government as a procedural Bill to help achieve the goal of transferring Housing NZ houses to non-government organisations as part of…

“More than just signing an MoU”

A successful strategic initiative taken over the last year is the Te Piringa Strategic Alliance, as reported on in the March 2015 issue of Kete Kupu. Te Piringa is the coming together in an informal strategic alliance of NZCCSS and Te Kahui Atawahi o te Motu, as supported by the Working Together More Fund |…

Being Smart About What We Do

TREVOR MCGLINCHEY During the year the Council of NZCCSS has applied a sharp focus to developing strategic imperatives for 2015-2018. This is the third cycle of strategy-setting in my time as the executive officer at NZCCSS, so I thought it would be helpful to reflect on an activity that isn’t just a paper exercise –…

Housing Of All Kinds

Like houses themselves, housing solutions take many shapes and sizes. Two completely different stories emerge, for instance, from the experience of Wesley College in the North Island – about to give birth to a ‘new town’ – and the complex housing needs being taken on by the Christchurch Methodist Mission. WESLEY COLLEGE – A BRAVE…

The Productivity Commission and Quadrant D

After an intense 14-month period the final report of the Productivity Commission’s top-down inquiry into social sector services – More Effective Social Services – was released on 15 September to a muted response. The most prominent coverage in this first week was probably the DominionPost editorial on 18 September (click on image to read): The…

Best Place in the World To Die?

An international study has rated New Zealand as the third best place in the world to die. The Economist magazine 2015 Quality of Death report ranked 80 countries in five areas of end-of-life care. New Zealand was highest ranked for community engagement but ranked lower for other areas such as healthcare environment, affordability, human resources…

Rental Law Changes are half-hearted

Residential tenancy laws are being revised but will not include a full warrant of fitness (WoF) for housing, which Deputy Prime Minister Bill English rejected as “extreme”. The initial outlines for proposed changes released in July show only very limited improvements in tenant rights. Legislation is being drafted and was expected to be in Parliament during…

Knowledge Exchange on Ageing

Inspiring Stories, Discoveries, Challenges and Frustrations: One-Day Knowledge Exchange for Researchers on Ageing by Dr Chris Perkins (Selwyn Centre for Ageing & Spirituality) The Hope Selwyn One Day Knowledge Exchange was held in Auckland on 4th September 2015 and sponsored by the Hope Foundation and The Selwyn Foundation. This was an opportunity for gerontology researchers,…

Is Housing A Human Right?

(based on address to a forum at St Matthews-in-the-City on 31st August 2015) There is so much going on, so much to say about housing in this country, it is hard to know where to start. But I want to start at the place where the divine meets the ordinary. We are in a church,…

Justice in Action

New Resources to Support Action on Social Justice from the Churches New and creative resources to support action at community level and nationally emerged during September. Kiwi Families – It’s Our Story Caritas New Zealand led the way with a series of online and hard copy resources featuring some great stories of how communities around…

Review of family violence legislation

  There has been a flurry of activity around the NGO sector in response to the Ministry of Justice’s review of family violence legislation. The consultation document “Strengthening New Zealand Legislative Response to Family Violence” represented a comprehensive and well researched document that captured clearly the complexity of different types of violence and safety issues. it also covered a range of mechanisms…