Building a Dementia Friendly New Zealand

Harriet Payne, Alzheimers NZ Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. Here in New Zealand, 4 out of 5 Kiwis are affected by dementia. The impact of dementia on Kiwi families and whānau is growing each year, and affects people of all ages. Dementia is one New Zealand’s most significant and growing health…

Pay rates for NGO social workers should not be left behind

MEDIA RELEASE:   Tuesday 25th September 2018 NZCCSS welcomes the announcement today that Oranga Tamariki social workers have reached agreement on a pay equity settlement. “Recognition of the value of social work in supporting family, whānau and community wellbeing is long overdue.  However, it is critical pay rates for NGO social workers are not left behind”,…

Time to Regulate Property Managers

A Decade Overdue: the need for regulation of property management in New Zealand Anglican Advocacy in Christchurch released this damning report on the antics of the property management industry on 28th August. Tenants and property owners shared their stories of how property managers have broken the law or failed to provide even the most basic…

Steps Into the Future of Housing for Older People

Haumaru Housing Celebrates First Year of Operation Haumaru Housing is a partnership between Auckland Council and The Selwyn Foundation operating 62 villages across Auckland with more than 1400 units for older people. It is a not-for-profit NGO that retains all earnings to invest in the people and properties to the benefit of the local neighbourhoods….

A Few More Pennies for NGOs

Grainne Moss, the CEO of Oranga Tamariki, told groups at the national provider Focus on The Future Hui on 28th June that organisations contracted through the department will receive a 1.3% funding increase from 1 July 2018. This funding has been made available from Oranga Tamariki operational budget after no increases to NGO funding were…

Social Work Too Hard to Define?

Disappointment that the Select Committee has not recommend changes in key areas of the Bill on scope of practice for social work was the first reaction from social workers’ organisations to the report on the Social Workers Registration Amendment Bill released on 19th April. Both the Association of Social Workers  and the Public Service Association…

Tenancy Reviews on Hold

More good news for low income renters was the decision by Housing Minister Phil Twyford to pause all tenancy reviews for people living in public housing, which are Housing NZ or community housing where an income-related rent subsidy (IRRS) is paid. The introduction of tenancy reviews for almost all of those living in social housing…

Right Care, Right Time?

Right Care, Right Time? The industry organisation for the aged care sector, NZACA, has described access to aged care as a “DHB lottery” based on the findings of a research report released in April. The report found older people in some DHBs had to wait six months or more longer for admission to rest home…