Policy Watch 4 May 2017

All we need is a creative project, and a few good people to work with, and a new thought may spread like wildfire. As the anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Dame Anne Salmond, 2013…

We must speak up about our housing crisis…

Families are paying to live in places that are simply not fit to live in, places that make them and their children sick. Catholic and Anglican church leaders, Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson spoke out in response to the release of research by the Housing Foundation on the benefits of home ownership. “Families…

Pay Equity Settlement – what it means

An Exciting and Challenging Time Ahead NZCCSS welcomed the announcement on 18th April of the pay equity settlement as great news for carers and the older people they work with and “fantastic recognition for the work of caring”. The settlement has been widely welcomed and praised by other peak bodies with the NZ Aged Care…

Thinking Outside the Box?

‘Solitary confinement’; ‘segregation’; ‘isolation’; ‘seclusion’; ‘de-escalation’; ‘separation’; ‘high security’; ‘supermax’; ‘special management’; ‘low stimulus;’ ‘secure care’; and ‘time out’ are the subject of a recent report requested by the Human Rights Commission and funded by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of…

People’s Mental Health Report

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi—engari he toa takitini ke!  Essentially I never stand alone. The person you see, or support, or uplift, or judge, or diminish is never just me. Never just one. What you do to me, you do to my entire ancestry. For I am just one of the most recent…

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….