Policy Watch 1 May 2018

“We will measure our progress as a Government differently – by focusing on improving wellbeing and lifting living standards.” This Policy Watch edition comes hard on the heels of the latest Kete Kupu newsletter, published last week covering in more detail the policy and social justice issues that we at NZCCSS working on. Some areas…

Overcoming the Debt-Induced Poverty

Access to no-interest loans and a cap on the maximum interest rate on loans are two ways to help people on low incomes to escape the poverty trap of high interest debts. As reported in Kete Kupu June 2017, communities are under siege  from predatory lending practices. In the lead-up to the General Election, a…

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…

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…