Police Vetting Money-go-round

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A money merry-go-round. These are some of the ways Helga Wientjes, Chair of ComVoices grouping of community & voluntary sector organisations, describes the police vetting legislation before Parliament. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey was among the submitters trying to persuade the Select Committee to change clauses in the legislation. The…

Giving Care Work Its Due

Yet another carer pay court case has won in the Employment Court. This time it is for home care relief worker Jan Lowe who worked in the 1990s providing 24 hour care relief breaks for family carers. The challenging work with people with Alzheimers or other disabilities was paid on the basis of an “allowance”…

Council Housing Vital for Low Income Older People

Housing for low income older people that is owned by councils stands before an uncertain future in the midst of the social housing reforms taking place. In 1938 Christchurch City Council was the first local authority to develop purpose-built pensioner housing. Other councils around the country followed suit over the following decades. Today around 13,000…

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…

Women and children suffering in the housing crisis

“The high demand for immediate housing support combined with the lack of emergency and long-term affordable rental options in our urban centres is an ongoing crisis. This situation has seen our Christian social services members unable to offer appropriate alternatives.  The situation is most stark when trying to find emergency housing for women and children….

NZ Super & home ownership key for older people

“The decline in home ownership has implications for future generations of older people who will age without the buffer of home ownership. Rental accommodation will be the new norm for many more New Zealanders as they age”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services. “While 77.5% of older…

The inequality gap: no worse is still very bad

“Just because there’s been a suggestion recently that the inequality gap in New Zealand hasn’t grown since the global economic crisis, we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not bad”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). How can New Zealanders be content with such a…

Christians called to vote to close inequality gap

As New Zealand Christians think about how to cast their vote in 3 months’ time the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is encouraging them to evaluate candidates on their party’s commitment to the wellbeing of our country’s most vulnerable people. That means recognising what lies at the root of key social problems…