Policy Watch 15 November 2018

“Today paves the way for us to confront a dark chapter of our national history by acknowledging what happened to people in state care, and in the care of faith-based institutions, and to learn the lessons for the future” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Tēnā koutou and welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the…

Policy Watch 30 October 2018

“Its one thing to hear about the effects of abuse and neglect on a child. It’s another to see it manifest in a sad, angry and lost human being standing before you”. (A quote used by Judge Jan-Marie Doogue in the 22nd Annual New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin Commemorative Address). Tēnā koutou and welcome…

Policy Watch August

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for”. Anonymous Tēnā koutou and welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and…

Best Place in the World to be a Child

Child Wellbeing Strategy in the making Sonia Scott, NZCCSS Polocy Advisor The children’s advocacy sector has long asked for government to develop a cross-government strategy to reduce child poverty. Today there is great potential for this to be realised. The Coalition Government has pledged to reduce rates of child poverty and improve the wellbeing of…

Policy Watch July 2018

  Mā tāu rourou, me tāku rourou ka ora ai te iwi With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive Tēnā koutou and welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and compassionate society…

Policy Watch Budget Special 2018

Policy Watch: Budget 2018 Special “Budget 18 sets out the first steps in a plan for transformation – a transformation of our economy, a transformation of our public services, and a transformation of the way we work together to improve the lives of all New Zealanders”. Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance All eyes were…

Policy Watch February 2018

“Times they are a changing“. Bob Dylan Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is the first e-letter of the year and already there is much to report and all the signs…

Policy Watch Christmas 2017

A Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all Policy Watchers. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of his love at Christmas and always. Best wishes from the NZCCSS Secretariat Welcome to the final Policy Watch e-newsletter for 2017. For this edition we end the year with…

Policy Watch 1 December 2017

We need to remember that there is no break for families living in poverty. The heart of Christmas is giving and that can start with us.” Major Pam Waugh, Head of Social Services, Salvation Army. Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission…

Policy Watch 24 October 2017

Justice is not only about the right way to distribute things. It is also about the right way to value things. Michael J. Sandel Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New…

Policy Watch 21 September 2017

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people. Nelson Mandela Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to…

Policy Watch 5 September 2017

“..Vital services like early childhood education and home support for older people are being cut back and unable to meet increasing need. One key reason – too little tax is being collected to fund “… Trevor McGlinchey Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to NZCCSS’ core mission…

Policy Watch August 2017

“….So the point is that each one of us makes a difference every single day, we make some kind of impact, we have a choice, we address the local problems the things that we can do something about. Small choices can compound into something significant. When they’re multiplied by a thousand – and then a million and finally…

Mandatory Registration for Social Workers

Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children, Anne Tolley has announced the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers. The Social Workers Registration Act 2003 introduced voluntary registration of social workers, with the intention of increasing the overall number of registered social workers employed across government and NGOs. Today there are around 6,300 registered…