Emergency Housing Review

Funding for emergency housing is a piece-meal afterthought on the margins of a state and social housing sector that is under-resourced and is operating in an environment of a private rental market that is insufficiently regulated and insecure. It arises out of a charitable model of service provision and the initiative of local communities and…

People Power on Poverty – It Works!

 It Worked! The child poverty message got through and change happened. 16,000 voices helped build the pressure to lift incomes for the poorest families in New Zealand as the team of online activists at Action Station worked with UNiCEF, Child Poverty Action Group, Every Child Counts and NZCCSS to call for government action in the…

(A) Little Hope for the Marginalised?

A central part of the Christian message is hope for a just and fair sharing of the plentiful resources of our country and our community. Hope is not an empty optimism that things will get better “some day.” Hope is built on the lived experience of communities seeking just and fair outcomes for their people….

Outcomes Plus

New NZCCSS report Ehara tāku toa te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini Success is not achieved individually, but from the work of many people The report Outcomes Plus: the added value of community organisations released on 28th May arose out of the experience of the social services sector since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)….

Housing WoF will save lives

Emma-Lita Bourne is not the first victim of the poor quality of rental housing in this country. Housing researchers have been reporting the health impacts of poor housing for many years. Around 40,000 children end up in hospital each year as a result if poor quality housing.  An evaluation of the Warm Up New Zealand…

Care Workers Main Earners for Families

Aged care workers in home support and aged residential care love their work but are concerned about the pressures of their work and the low pay. AUT researcher Dr Ravenswood describes the typical aged care worker as “female, aged over 45 and is the main earner for her family but she earns $15 or less…

More Effective Social Services

The Productivity Commission draft report “More effective social services” was published on 28th April 2015. The report contains 8 questions, 81 findings and 47 recommendations. Its findings on the current operating environment, including things like overly prescriptive contracts brought about by risk-adverse politicians and government department imposing high level of control on how funding should be…

No Interest Rate Cap In Final Code

In March the final version of the Responsible Lending Code was released and came into force on the 6th June 2015. NZCCSS provided comment on the draft Code and reviewing the final Code, it does not appear to address the concerns of many of our recommendations. NZCCSS recommended that the Code include clear guidance that…

Worker Safety Checking Begins

Worker safety checks are compulsory from 1 July 2015 for all core children’s workers. After months of preparation and engagement with the sector, 1 July 2015 marks a key deadline for those who work with vulnerable children. It is important that all organisations that are funded either directly or indirectly by the government state services…

Few Changes to Gambling Bill

The Select Committee reported on the Gambling Amendment Bill (no.3) on the 11th of May and it went through its second reading in Parliament on 4th June. The Bill was supported by National, Labour, United Future and ACT parties with the Greens, NZ First and the Māori Party opposing it. The third and final reading…

Housing Need in NZ

Pitifully small response to large & urgent need The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has announced social housing purchasing intentions for the next two – three years. The intention is to purchase around 2,850 extra places. This compares with total known need at 31 March 2015 of 4,808 (social housing register) and total severe housing…

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…