Sweeping Changes for Social Services?

Over the past 10 years inflation has increased by 27% but in that time many social service agencies have had no funding increases at all. Now the $300 million of funding that MSD spends on social services is set for significant change under the yet to be released “community investment” allocation. In his latest blog…

Your input invited

Careerforce is consulting on the development of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) (Community) and the New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5).  Face-to-face group consultation workshops will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, as well as opportunities to provide feedback online or keep up-to-date with the process….

Vocate : New Job Seeker Website

NZ churches and support ministries are constantly looking for talented and ministry-minded individuals, as vision develops and new leaders emerge. Vocate is a new job seeker website for the faith-sector, based in New Zealand and looking to cater to our unique needs. Check out http://vocate.nz and see how emerging talent can be matched with organisations, helping…

Social Bonds Solving 30 Years of Inequality?

 “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, but expecting a different result” Albert Einstein Social Bonds Solving Thirty Years of Inequality… Just Like That. The New Zealand InitiativeThink Tank is about to release a report on ‘social bonds’ according to a recent article. The Ministry of…

The mystery of the disappearing data

Policy Watch first raised the issue of missing data back in October 2013. A recent media release from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) indicates this mystery has not been solved. CPAG spokesperson Dr Gerry Cotterell is concerned the “Ministry of Social Development no longer produces its annual Social Reports, which provided a picture of progress towards better social outcomes for…

Safety Checking of Children’s Workers

Update from the National Children’s Director on Phase One On 1 July 2015 the first phase of new safety checking of people who work with children comes into force.  New government regulations made under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 will require State-funded organisations who work with children to have all their paid children’s workforce safety…

NZCCSS Post Budget Breakfast Briefing

  Do you want to understand the Government’s thinking behind Budget 2015?  NZCCSS is hosting another Post-Budget Breakfast Briefing with Ministers Hon Bill English and Anne Tolley on Thursday 28 May 2015. if you are interested in attending, contact us at admin@nzccss.org.nz. For those wanting more, here’s a link to the video recording of the 2014 Post Budget Breakfast attended…

Give2kids

  The Children’s Commissioner and Philanthropy New Zealand has just launched Giving2Kids, an online page to provide organisations and ‘socially-minded businesses, advice on how to make ‘good’ decisions about  investing ‘wisely’ in kiwi children. The webpage is packed with information about which children have the greatest needs, what children need at different stages, working alongside existing charities and lots of ideas…

Thinking of living in a retirement village?

Well, the Commission for Financial Capability is running free seminars about living in retirement villages with support from the Retirement Villages Association and experienced legal practitioners. These seminars are for intending retirement village residents and their families, but all with any interest in the topic are welcome to register. The seminars focus on things to…

Retirement Villages oversight changes

The Retirement Commissioner has monitoring, information and education functions relating to retirement villages legislation, which also includes administering the disputes process. From 1 April 2015, the Commission has brought  back in-house the information and education functions previously delegated to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment so that the Commission can communicate directly with stakeholders…