Living Wage increases to $19.25

Living wage employer La Boca Loca hosted the announcement of the 2015 revised living wage rate on 24th February. The Wellington living wage campaign supporters joined in the fun to celebrate the success of the movement in lifting wages for low income workers. We were also there to continue to our commitment to a fun-filled…

Social Housing – show me the houses?

‘We hope to have more social housing but we still don’t know how’ could be a fair summary of recent announcements about the Government’s intentions for social housing. NZCCSS believes that we need a clear public commitment from the Government to ensure there are thousands more social housing units available as soon as possible to…

Desperate Housing Situation and a Rise in the Working Poor

Vulnerability Report 20 – January 2015 While the official statistics paint a picture of a solid economy – good economic growth and more jobs, looking deeper shows how unequally the benefits of growth are being shared. The unemployment rate has not declined significantly with the unemployment rate for Māori (12.2%)and Pasific (11.7%) still around three…

NZCCSS says ‘No’ to AISA

NZCCSS has said ‘No’ to a request to join an information sharing agreement for Children’s Teams working with vulnerable children. NZCCSS believes that changes to the Privacy Act is a better way to deal with the privacy for those children. Children’s Teams are the new way of working with vulnerable children. These Teams are being…

Is C-minus good Enough?

A quick overview of the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report  shows more thumbs up symbols than thumbs down. Does this mean things are getting better for the most vulnerable in our country? In vital areas like housing, child poverty and family violence, the answer is ‘not really’. When an improvement is from…

Te Piringa Strategic Alliance

Te Kāhui Atawhai o te Motu (TKAM) and the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalising a Strategic Alliance between the two organisations. This signing occurred at the AGM of NZCCSS on 19 November 2014. The MoU states that TKAM and NZCCSS: … agree that working…

Pokie Machine Gambling Law Changes

Making Pokie Trusts More Accountable to Their Communities Gambling is one of those the many pressures and issues the people face that NZCCSS member agencies work beside. We are regularly receiving reports from around the country about the hardships that are compounded by addictive pokie machine gambling. The latest gambling legislation, Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3),…

Police Vetting Money-go-round

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A money merry-go-round. These are some of the ways Helga Wientjes, Chair of ComVoices grouping of community & voluntary sector organisations, describes the police vetting legislation before Parliament. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey was among the submitters trying to persuade the Select Committee to change clauses in the legislation. The…

Giving Care Work Its Due

Yet another carer pay court case has won in the Employment Court. This time it is for home care relief worker Jan Lowe who worked in the 1990s providing 24 hour care relief breaks for family carers. The challenging work with people with Alzheimers or other disabilities was paid on the basis of an “allowance”…

Council Housing Vital for Low Income Older People

Housing for low income older people that is owned by councils stands before an uncertain future in the midst of the social housing reforms taking place. In 1938 Christchurch City Council was the first local authority to develop purpose-built pensioner housing. Other councils around the country followed suit over the following decades. Today around 13,000…

HCHA Conference 2015 ‘Facing Change’

28-30 April 2015, Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland The HCHA Conference 2015 will explore the challenges and opportunities of changes occurring in home and community services – as a result of consumer and cultural needs, demographics and choices; and as a result of strategy around workforce, community supports and integration.  We will include consumer and carer…

Age Concern Conference 2015 ‘Celebrating Age: Act locally, think globally’

April 21 and 22 2015, The Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street Kilbirnie, Wellington www.brentwoodhotel.co.nz​ This will be a wonderful opportunity to collectively celebrate the contributions of all Age Concerns to older people in New Zealand, as well as celebrating the contributions of older people themselves. The Celebrating Age conference will be a vibrant and dynamic…