Policy Watch May 2019

“Having enough income to meet our needs and being treated with respect and understanding is a basic human right. As a society we cannot afford to demean the human dignity of another” Community Social Worker Sr Margaret Martin from Wiri in South Auckland, and NZCCSS Council member. Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting…

Policy Watch April 2019

“See with the eyes of love and a thing becomes beautiful. See with the eyes of hate and things are ugly.”  Joy Cowley, Starbright and the Dream Eater Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to NZCCSS’ core mission to work for a just and compassionate society…

Policy Watch Special

 Tuhia ki te rangi Tuhia ki te whenua Tuhia ki te ngākau o ngā tāngata Ko te mea nui ko te aroha  Write it in the sky, write in the earth, write it in the heart of the people, the greatest thing is love. The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is deeply…

Policy Watch March 2019

“Ki a koutou katoa kua tae mai, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa nō hea, nau mai ki tēnei hāhi, ki tēnei karakia, hei whakanui te tau rima tekau o NZCCSS To all of you have come today, no matter who you are or where you come from, welcome to this Church, to this service, to commemorate…

Policy Watch February 2019

“Ultimately it is our humanity, not the absence of it, that is the true source of economic growth and a flourishing civilisation”. Nicky Hanauer, commenting on the 2018 Oxfam Report. Happy 2019 and welcome to the Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for…

Christmas Policy Watch 2018

Christmas Policy Watch He mihi mō te kirihimete – Me te Tau Hou Merry Christmas and a happy New Year   Tēnā koutou and welcome to the last Policy Watch e-letter for 2018!  As we journey towards Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus who brought such joy and hope to the world, NZCCSS…

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…