Garage Rental Landlords Taken to Court

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has taken landlords to court using new powers from the changes made to rental laws last year. The changes mean that the government can take action against landlords breaching tenancy rules without requiring the tenants themselves to go to court. People renting are often reluctant to complain…

Policy Watch 10 April 2017

“Rather than understanding other cultures, the starting point for change then is understanding our own biases, and mitigating their impact on our decision-making and interactions with others” Unconscious Bias and Education: A comparative Study of Maori and African American students Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on the collaborative work of…

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…

Family and Whanau Violence legislation Bill

The Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill, which aims to reform family violence laws, has been introduced into Parliament, and will be referred to Select Committee this week. The Bill amends the Domestic Violence Act and six other Acts. Justice Minister Amy Adams says The omnibus Family and Whānau Violence Bill is an important part of building…

Policy Watch 14 March 2017

Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity” Pope Francis Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-newsletter and for this edition we reflect on the Lenten season and our forty day journey to prepare for Easter and a closer relationship with God….

interRAI Costs Outweigh Benefits

A post-project review of the implementation of the interRAI needs assessment tool into aged residential care has been released by the new Associate Minister of Health, Nicky Wagner. In welcoming the report she also referred to “teething issues” in the roll-out process. NZCCSS aged care providers have been dealing with these “teething problems” during the…

Keeping Faith in Politics

Keeping Faith in Politics 2017 election series Seeking the Common Good in a World of Self-Interest 6:30pm, 31 March, Venue: Wellington Cathedral Rev. Dr Ellie Sanderson, (Canon Theological Diocese of Wellington) The University of Otago Centre for Theology and Public Issues is asking the ‘big questions’ this election year, like: ‘can we believe in politics?…

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…

State of the Nation Report: Off the Track

Off the Track: State of the Nation Report 2017 is the tenth report in the State of the Nation series by the Salvation Army and its author Alan Johnson. The title of the report is inspired by a poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, which centres around a decision to take a path less travelled and the…

Security guards the new WINZ receptionists

On your next visit to WINZ don’t be perturbed if you see a security guard running round with a clip board looking frazelled. Security guards have been taking on jobs usually confined to WINZ receptionists, and its been causing a bit of a stir, not least from the security guards themselves. Unite Union say “the guards aren’t actually able to…