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,…

Less Social Housing and Greater Need

Two Years on from the Church Housing Summit February 2015 Two years ago NZCCSS reported on the Churches Housing Summit held in February 2015 that was called in response to quickly changing government policies concerning state housing, social housing and community housing sectors (Social Housing – show Me the houses?). Two years later, what has…

Minister reviews whanau first principles

NZCCSS commends the Social Development Minister Anne Tolley (and the Select Committee process) for her decision to reconsider draft legislative provisions that water down the prioritised placing of Māori children in state care with whānau, hapū and iwi. Radio NZ reported that Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley had spent the last few weeks visiting iwi around the country and talking to…

Oranga Tamariki legislation Update

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Orange Tamariki) legislation Bill What does a safe, loving and stable home look like? And who is best to provide this? These are the questions at the core of debate on a bill before the Social Services Select Committee that sets out changes to child welfare services, and that will underpin the direction and scope of…

Living Wage = a better life

Living Wage moves to $20.20 The Living Wage rate for 2017 was announced on 21st February and comes into effect on 1st July 2017. At $20.20 it has increased by 40 cents an hour, in line with the movement in general wages. NZCCSS is one of 64 accredited Living Wage employers around New Zealand and…

Halve Poverty by 2030

New Zealand has signed up to one target to reduce child poverty by half by 2030, but little progress is being made. It is time for the government to make a plan of how to reach this target, said Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft last week at the release of the latest  Child Poverty Monitor figures….

Community Sector and Client Information

In the October Kete Kupu issue, NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey signaled the major concerns in the community sector about the way the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is seeking to require sharing of client information held by non-government organisations that are contracted to the Ministry to provide social services in all contracts by mid-2017….

18 for 4

A creative and affordable response to Auckland’s housing crisis – 8 social housing, 6 assisted ownership and 4 affordable homes built where 4 houses currently are. That is the idea being promoted by Auckland Community Housing Providers. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was at the event along with many others involved with housing in Auckland, to…

UN Criticises Lack of Action on Poverty

Rights of the Child: Fifth Periodic Report of New Zealand “The committee is deeply concerned about the enduring high prevalence of poverty among children, and the effect of deprivation on children’s rights to an adequate standard of living and access to adequate housing, with its negative impact on health, survival and development and education” Fifth…

Community groups to be Defacto Arms of Government?

There has been a quiet revolution occurring which will have profound impacts on community-based social services organisations.  This revolution was brought to my attention recently when the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new style budgeting programme, Building Financial Capability, was released.  Buried in the RFP supplementary information is the requirement to provide Individual Client…

Take a Stand Against Ageism

The World Health Organisation called for an end to ageism to mark International Day of Older Persons. The description of ageism is worth reading: “Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially “normalized” of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism. It exists when the media portrays all old…