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, 30 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…

Living Wage = a better life

Living Wage moves to $20.20 The Living Wage rate for 2017 was announced on 21st February and comes into effect on 1st July 2017. At $20.20 it has increased by 40 cents an hour, in line with the movement in general wages. NZCCSS is one of 64 accredited Living Wage employers around New Zealand and…

Halve Poverty by 2030

New Zealand has signed up to one target to reduce child poverty by half by 2030, but little progress is being made. It is time for the government to make a plan of how to reach this target, said Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft last week at the release of the latest  Child Poverty Monitor figures….

Healthy Ageing Strategy

The Healthy Ageing Strategy was launched in Parliament on 13th December as the replacement for the 2002 Health of Older People Strategy. Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu Iiga speaking at the launch in his final official act as Minister before standing down, praised all those involved in developing the new Strategy over the past two…

Policy Watch : Christmas 2016

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man. Pope Francis Welcome to the latest and last Policy Watch e-newsletter for 2016. For this edition we reflect on the Advent season and its promise of hope, peace, joy and love in readiness for the coming of Christ. Across the country NZCCSS social service agencies are…