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…

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.

Hot off the press is the Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley’s announcement that the new children’ entity will be a stand-alone agency and it will be named The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki. The new Chief Executive of the ministry has also been confirmed – Grainne Moss former head of BUPA. Minister Tolley has emphasised: “This is not a rebranding exercise….

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…

CYF Amendment Bill passes first reading

The Child, Young Person, and Their Families (Advocacy, Workforce, and Age Settings) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament. The Amendment Bill represents the first of legislative changes as part of the transformation of care and protection. The Bill: extends the age of state care and protection to a young person’s 18th birthday. ensures the views…

Elder Abuse & Attitudes to Ageing

Elder Abuse Awareness Week starts today and Minister for Senior Citizens, Hon Maggie Barry is urging people to “get this shameful problem out of the shadows and confront the reality of how prevalent it is in our society.” With over 2,000 reported cases each year, and many going unreported, elder abuse is an issue that…