Policy Watch Christmas 2017

A Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all Policy Watchers. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of his love at Christmas and always. Best wishes from the NZCCSS Secretariat Welcome to the final Policy Watch e-newsletter for 2017. For this edition we end the year with…

Policy Watch 1 December 2017

We need to remember that there is no break for families living in poverty. The heart of Christmas is giving and that can start with us.” Major Pam Waugh, Head of Social Services, Salvation Army. Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission…

Policy Watch 24 October 2017

Justice is not only about the right way to distribute things. It is also about the right way to value things. Michael J. Sandel Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New…

Stepping into the Future (with Winston)…

International Day of Older Persons 1st October Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society This year’s International Day of the Older Persons coincides with the negotiations to form a new coalition government in New Zealand. The theme for 2017 is  “about enabling and expanding the contributions of…

Policy Watch 21 September 2017

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people. Nelson Mandela Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to…

2017 Election: A Win for Children

Media release 5th September 2017 “We are extremely happy that the leaders of both the largest political parties have committed to lifting 100,000 children out of poverty”, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “Whatever the outcome of this Election we will be holding the ruling majority…

Policy Watch 5 September 2017

“..Vital services like early childhood education and home support for older people are being cut back and unable to meet increasing need. One key reason – too little tax is being collected to fund “… Trevor McGlinchey Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to NZCCSS’ core mission…

Free Education Gives Best Results

The Equality Network is asking for politicians to commit to a truly free education, which will benefit all children, irrespective of their household incomes. Members of the Equality Network, a non-partisan network of 37 members united by the vision of a more equal Aotearoa New Zealand, say that the hidden costs of education are putting…

More Homes Needed

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 15th August 2017 The Salvation Army’s call for 2,000 to 2,500 more State and social houses per year is strongly supported by the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS).  The Salvation Army report “Taking Stock; The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand” provides a well-balanced but sobering overview of…