Thank You to Volunteers

NZCCSS estimates that nearly 16,000 people are doing voluntary work with social services agencies throughout New Zealand. They join the estimated 1.2 million volunteers who contribute to our community every year. The story of Maurice Marks who volunteers with Christchurch City Mission story is typical of the work of thousands of volunteers. He drives a…

Policy Watch 20 June 2017

Go. Put your hands to the plough. Look not back. If any come with guns and swords be not afraid. If they smite you, smite not in return. If they rend you, be not discouraged. Another will take up the good work. Te Whiti o Rongomai ..”This is a day when we need to look…

A Short Guide to Good Renting

Half of New Zealand’s population lives in rental housing and 7 out of 10 children living in poverty live in rental housing. Generation rent is already here and New Zealanders need to really get better at doing rental housing. NZCCSS along with many others is working hard to achieve better housing standards and rental laws…

Caring the Pasifika Way

Using music videos to share the results of research is one of the creative ways being used in a study into experiences and expectations of Pacific older adults at the end of life. Pacific communities have raised concerns about differences between the care and support preferred by Pacific older adults and their families compared to…

Empowerment & Success: A Positive Path for the NGO Sector

      Following on from our successful collaboration in 2014, the NZ Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) and Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA) are together again for our joint conference in October 2017. The conference, entitled Empowerment & Success: A Positive Path for the NGO Sector, will take place on the 26th and 27th of October at the Quality…

Canterbury-Waitaha ANZASW collective Hikoi

Invitation from the Canterbury-Waitaha ANZASW Collective. The PSA SWAN members and other community allies will be joining in a Hikoi in early September to highlight some serious issues in our society. We are holding an initial planning meeting at the PSA office, 521 Blenheim Road, Christchurch, on Monday 19 June. Please come along and help to…

Housing Policy Debate on 7th June

The first debate of the election year will ask political parties what they are doing to ensure all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, affordable homes. Hosted by Community Housing Aotearoa, Te Matapihi, Salvation Army, NZ Council of Christian Social Services, Platform and Prefab NZ the debate will focus on what is required to end…

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…