Children’s Action Plan – Update

The latest Newsletter from the Children’s Action Plan Team aims to keep you up to date on the government’s drive to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. This edition features Social Development Minister Anne Tolley launch of two new guidelines Safer recruitment safer children and Safer organisations Safer children, examples of how children’s teams are helping children and their families, and an update…

The Damage High Pay Packages Do

…by encouraging “executives to take more risks than before by cutting costs and holding investment in innovation or productivity down, in order to bolster short-term profits and the company share price, to the serious detriment of the overall economy.” The UK High Pay Centre report recently released looks at the perverse incentives created by the…

SSPA National Seminar Series April – June 2015

Linking Knowledge, Practice and Action Social Service Providers Aotearoa (SSPA) is holding workshops in five key centres on child poverty and the social services. Associate Professor Mike O’Brien will faciitate at each workshop along with a local practitioner. Mike is an academic and has written widely on social policy, child poverty and welfare and social work and…

Independent Expert Panel To Lead Major CYF Overhaul

Social development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the establishment of an independent panel ” to lead a complete overhaul of Child Youth and Family (CYF)” and we are not talking a casual re-shuffling of chairs . The language in the press release indicates a serious review of how CYF works and aligns with the government’s focus on vulnerable children/families and the implementation of the Vulnerable Children’s Act…

Jean Vanier Awarded Templeton Prize

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love“ Jean Vanier, humanist, philosopher, theologian and author has been awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his discovery of the ..” central role of vulnerable people as a source of dialogue, of healing, of unity and of peace…

Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities is one vital step for our future wellbeing and Alzheimers NZ has shared a great new resource from Alzheimers Disease International. They have released a new Dementia Friendly Communities Resource booklet. This booklet contains information on Dementia Friendly Communities projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of…

IMF, Unions & Rise of Inequality

On the day that new NZ laws come into effect that further reduce workers rights, the IMF (yes, this is not a typo – International Monetary Fund – that notorious hotbed of unionism!?) releases a report telling us how important unions are in reducing inequality!! According to the IMF’s study, “the decline in unionization is…

HCHA Conference 2015 ‘Facing Change’

28-30 April 2015, Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland The HCHA Conference 2015 will explore the challenges and opportunities of changes occurring in home and community services – as a result of consumer and cultural needs, demographics and choices; and as a result of strategy around workforce, community supports and integration.  We will include consumer and carer…

Age Concern Conference 2015 ‘Celebrating Age: Act locally, think globally’

April 21 and 22 2015, The Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street Kilbirnie, Wellington www.brentwoodhotel.co.nz​ This will be a wonderful opportunity to collectively celebrate the contributions of all Age Concerns to older people in New Zealand, as well as celebrating the contributions of older people themselves. The Celebrating Age conference will be a vibrant and dynamic…