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…

Homelessness nearly 42,000

After the deluge of media attention in recent weeks, it will come as no surprise that the homelessness numbers are on the increase. The latest total had hit nearly 42,000 in 2013 according to Otago University researchers, not including those living in emergency accommodation such as night shelters (in 2006 this was around 650). Severe…

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special

Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special: what we are looking for and what was announced NZCCSS is looking at the Budget announcements as always through the lens of the most vulnerable. We look for signs of real social investment that makes a difference for people on the margins (see also Scoop Budget 2016 coverage). The simple summary of…