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Policy Watch August 2019

Let us carefully cultivate hope, that small flower which we should always bring to those in need. Suzanne Aubert Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to NZCCSS’ core mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s been all go…

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Policy Watch July 2019

“When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebrations” Jean Vanier (1928 -2019), humanist, philosopher, theologian and advocate for humanity Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and…

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KiwiBuy campaign focuses on more resources

Community Housing Aotearoa, the Salvation Army, the Housing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity are working together on the KiwiBuy campaign to persuade the government to put more resources into shared ownership and progressive home ownership products that can help more kiwis own an affordable home. Using shared ownership and progressive home ownership models, community-based housing provides…

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New Information Sharing Requirements – Oranga Tamariki and Ministry of Justice

Important for NZCCSS members to note! New information sharing provisions come into force 1 July 2019.  Oranga Tamariki and the Ministry of Justice have released separate guidance on new information sharing provisions under the OrangaTamariki Act 1989  and the Family Violence Act 2019. The Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 [Sections 65A to 66Q] New provisions enable…

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Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions

The work of the Royal Commission is progressing. The approach to abuse that occurred in faith-based settings are now in the Terms of Reference and are set out below. In the care of faith-based institutions means where a faith-based institution assumed responsibility for the care of an individual, including faith-based schools, and— for the avoidance of…

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Contributing to Social Change

The contribution of the churches in social policy and social change is the focus of a research report published this year by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago University. The report Making a Difference: Faith-Based Organisations Contributing to Social Change in Aotearoa written by Dr Richard Davis, gives some insight into the…

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Interview with Bonnie Robinson

During 2019 NZCCSS is marking 50 years since the organization was established. In February we began the year with a vigil at Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul. Emily Menkes, our social media coordinator, has been interviewing some of the people who have helped shape the history of NZCCSS. This interview is with NZCCSS Council…

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Policy Watch May 2019

“Having enough income to meet our needs and being treated with respect and understanding is a basic human right. As a society we cannot afford to demean the human dignity of another” Community Social Worker Sr Margaret Martin from Wiri in South Auckland, and NZCCSS Council member. Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting…

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Dignity and Mana through Lifting Incomes and Removing Sanctions

MEDIA RELEASE:   Friday 3rd May 2019 NZCCSS welcomes the release of the WEAG report Whakamana Tāngata: Restoring Dignity to Social Security in New Zealand. “It is wonderful to see that this report places the dignity and the mana of people at the centre of its recommendations,” says Ian Hutson, NZCCSS President. “This means providing hope…

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