Research for Social Justice

Each year NZCCSS organises a Researchers Network meeting to bring together people involved with the social services in our networks and share the research results or projects that they are involved with. The research undertaken within our networks covers a wide range of issues including loneliness and isolation among older people, the experience of prisoners…

18 for 4

A creative and affordable response to Auckland’s housing crisis – 8 social housing, 6 assisted ownership and 4 affordable homes built where 4 houses currently are. That is the idea being promoted by Auckland Community Housing Providers. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was at the event along with many others involved with housing in Auckland, to…

Homelessness: not so invisible any more

Report of the Inquiry into Homelessness For many years homelessness in New Zealand has been very much the invisible housing problem. NZCCSS and many other groups have called attention to the extent of the problem and for effective action to reduce homelessness. The generous and effective emergency response of Auckland’s Te Puea Marae earlier this…

The Future for Older People’s Health

“Older people live well, age well and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities” This is the vision set out in the draft of the update of the Health of Older People Strategy that is being finalised by the Ministry of Health. The final Strategy is expected to be released towards the end…

Better Alternatives to Sanctions

Social Security Act Rewrite Bill The Social Security Rewrite Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Select Committee. The report is brief, just 11 pages long and makes few changes to the Bill. It includes minority reports from the Labour Party and Greens that point to the many issues raised by submitters that…

Is Aged Care Getting Better?

In 2002 the Ministry of Health introduced an external certification and audit process for aged residential care (rest home) facilities. The aim of certification and audit is to ensure that all older people receive acceptable aged residential care that meets quality and safety standards set under the relevant health laws and regulations. The results from…

Adding Life To Years as Renters

On a recent visit to Christchurch I had the opportunity to look around the Christchurch Methodist Mission (CMM) Wesley Village in Papanui. The wonderful team at CMM offer a wide range of support for older people as well as families and children. One long-standing part of their work is providing rental housing for older people…

Stop the Sanctions

The Social Security Rewrite Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Select Committee. The report is brief, just 11 pages long and makes few changes to the Bill. It includes minority reports from the Labour Party and Greens that point to the many issues raised by submitters that are not addressed in the…

More Funding for Community Housing

With the total number of social and community housing units (i.e. Housing NZ, council-owned and community-owned) now at the lowest level since the late 1940s (per thousand of population), the housing crisis for low-income New Zealanders shows no sign of improving, indeed homelessness, where people are on the streets or in other desperate situations, has…

Easter Sunday protection is gone

Local body elections are one place where people can test candidates and influence councils about their position on Easter Sunday trading, now that those councils have been made responsible for making the decision. Despite a late flurry of lobbying from well-known figures like All Black great Michael Jones and boxing legend David Tua, National MPs…

World Alzheimers report

Rebalancing support for people with dementia towards primary and community care with specialist providing guidance and support, is one of the main recommendations coming out of the latest World Alzheimer Report says Alzheimers NZ. The report is recommending a radical change in to the way healthcare is delivered to people living with dementia.  The report’s…