Safety Checking of Children’s Workers

Update from the National Children’s Director on Phase One On 1 July 2015 the first phase of new safety checking of people who work with children comes into force.  New government regulations made under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 will require State-funded organisations who work with children to have all their paid children’s workforce safety…

NZCCSS Post Budget Breakfast Briefing

  Do you want to understand the Government’s thinking behind Budget 2015?  NZCCSS is hosting another Post-Budget Breakfast Briefing with Ministers Hon Bill English and Anne Tolley on Thursday 28 May 2015. if you are interested in attending, contact us at admin@nzccss.org.nz. For those wanting more, here’s a link to the video recording of the 2014 Post Budget Breakfast attended…

Give2kids

  The Children’s Commissioner and Philanthropy New Zealand has just launched Giving2Kids, an online page to provide organisations and ‘socially-minded businesses, advice on how to make ‘good’ decisions about  investing ‘wisely’ in kiwi children. The webpage is packed with information about which children have the greatest needs, what children need at different stages, working alongside existing charities and lots of ideas…

Living Wage increases to $19.25

Living wage employer La Boca Loca hosted the announcement of the 2015 revised living wage rate on 24th February. The Wellington living wage campaign supporters joined in the fun to celebrate the success of the movement in lifting wages for low income workers. We were also there to continue to our commitment to a fun-filled…

Retirement Villages oversight changes

The Retirement Commissioner has monitoring, information and education functions relating to retirement villages legislation, which also includes administering the disputes process. From 1 April 2015, the Commission has brought  back in-house the information and education functions previously delegated to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment so that the Commission can communicate directly with stakeholders…

The Damage High Pay Packages Do

…by encouraging “executives to take more risks than before by cutting costs and holding investment in innovation or productivity down, in order to bolster short-term profits and the company share price, to the serious detriment of the overall economy.” The UK High Pay Centre report recently released looks at the perverse incentives created by the…

Independent Expert Panel To Lead Major CYF Overhaul

Social development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the establishment of an independent panel ” to lead a complete overhaul of Child Youth and Family (CYF)” and we are not talking a casual re-shuffling of chairs . The language in the press release indicates a serious review of how CYF works and aligns with the government’s focus on vulnerable children/families and the implementation of the Vulnerable Children’s Act…

Jean Vanier Awarded Templeton Prize

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love“ Jean Vanier, humanist, philosopher, theologian and author has been awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his discovery of the ..” central role of vulnerable people as a source of dialogue, of healing, of unity and of peace…

Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities is one vital step for our future wellbeing and Alzheimers NZ has shared a great new resource from Alzheimers Disease International. They have released a new Dementia Friendly Communities Resource booklet. This booklet contains information on Dementia Friendly Communities projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of…