More Homes Needed

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 15th August 2017 The Salvation Army’s call for 2,000 to 2,500 more State and social houses per year is strongly supported by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS).  The Salvation Army report “Taking Stock; The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand” provides a well-balanced but sobering overview of…

Election Statement 2017 released

Today the Equality Network (EN) – a group of 37 members (including NZ Council of Christian Social Services) that are united against inequality, released an election statement. The statement outlines three key ideas for a fairer country, ideas that the EN believe should be enacted immediately. These are: Income for all that provides the necessities…

Great News for Carers

Today’s announcement of a settlement of the Equal Pay case is a welcome step towards recognising the vital work of those doing care work in this country and for work done mainly by women. It also recognises the importance of older people and others who are living with disabilities who are supported through this work,…

Welfare Law must become more child-centred

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 19th July 2016 This is a vital opportunity for politicians to move to a more child-centred approach to social welfare. That is a key message from NZCCSS today to MPs at Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee hearing on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. NZCCSS Policy Advisor Paul Barber told MPs that…

Stressed Families: Overstretched Services

MEDIA RELEASE:   Thursday June 23, 2016 “Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress”, says Trevor McGlinchey, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)  Executive Officer.  “The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available”. “For the last…

Sanctions undermine social investment

Financial Sanctions Undermine Social Investment For Better Outcomes For Vulnerable New Zealanders The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has released the 21st edition of the Vulnerability Report and finds financial sanctions undermine the Government’s focus on better lives for vulnerable New Zealanders. The data received from the Ministry of Social Development indicate…

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…

Women and children suffering in the housing crisis

“The high demand for immediate housing support combined with the lack of emergency and long-term affordable rental options in our urban centres is an ongoing crisis. This situation has seen our Christian social services members unable to offer appropriate alternatives.  The situation is most stark when trying to find emergency housing for women and children….