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…

Migration and aged care

Aged care workers from overseas are among those affected by changing approaches to migration in this country. The aged care sector relies heavily on migrant nurses and healthcare assistants. Around a quarter of the nursing workforce is overseas qualified. A recent survey of some Auckland residential aged care providers found that one-quarter of their healthcare…

Stepping into the Future (with Winston)…

International Day of Older Persons 1st October Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society This year’s International Day of the Older Persons coincides with the negotiations to form a new coalition government in New Zealand. The theme for 2017 is  “about enabling and expanding the contributions of…

Rental Law Changes a Piecemeal Approach

Residential Tenancies Amendment  Bill (Nr 2) NZCCSS Submission The proposed changes to rental laws are not sufficient and another example of a piecemeal approach to rental law in this country. This is the key message of the NZCCSS submission to Parliament in August. Rental law changes are on the table in Parliament and even though…

Election 2017 & Older People

Fair Incomes and Affordable Housing for Older People The economic wellbeing of older people, is crucial says Age Concern. Three out of five older people rely almost completely on NZ Super for their income with little or no savings or other income. That means that what happens with NZ Super is a central issue. Grey…