Wellbeing in Focus

An important time for your voice to be heard Kete Kupu 47 July 2018 Wellbeing is the word du jour in government as the Labour-led coalition seeks to shape how government spending and reporting of progress will be assessed. The Government is undertaking a huge amount of consultation and seeking feedback far and wide on…

Greater Equality Leads to Higher Wellbeing

Treasury Proposed Living Standards Dashboard Paul Barber, NZCCSS Policy Advisor The NZ Treasury has been tasked by Finance Minister Grant Robertson with preparing a Wellbeing Budget in May 2019. To guide this approach Treasury is working together with StatsNZ to design a Living Standards Framework for Monitoring Intergenerational Wellbeing. NZCCSS is part of the Equality…

Policy Watch 1 May 2018

“We will measure our progress as a Government differently – by focusing on improving wellbeing and lifting living standards.” This Policy Watch edition comes hard on the heels of the latest Kete Kupu newsletter, published last week covering in more detail the policy and social justice issues that we at NZCCSS working on. Some areas…

No more million-dollar public servants?

Excessive pay rises at CEO level are the headline-grabbing examples of the rise in inequality in this country. This excess extends into the government sector, with New Zealand shown to have the second highest paid public service Chief Executives among the 34 wealthy countries in the OECD. This puts New Zealand ahead of much larger…

New Living Wage Rate 2018

The Moral Force of the Living Wage The Living Wage movement continues to go from strength to strength with the 2018 Living Wage rate of $20.55 announced on the 4th April marking another step in the journey to lift low wages and set a benchmark for decent incomes. NZCCSS is one of nearly 100 organisations…

Overcoming the Debt-Induced Poverty

Access to no-interest loans and a cap on the maximum interest rate on loans are two ways to help people on low incomes to escape the poverty trap of high interest debts. As reported in Kete Kupu June 2017, communities are under siege  from predatory lending practices. In the lead-up to the General Election, a…