Rental Law Changes are half-hearted

Residential tenancy laws are being revised but will not include a full warrant of fitness (WoF) for housing, which Deputy Prime Minister Bill English rejected as “extreme”. The initial outlines for proposed changes released in July show only very limited improvements in tenant rights. Legislation is being drafted and was expected to be in Parliament during…

Knowledge Exchange on Ageing

Inspiring Stories, Discoveries, Challenges and Frustrations: One-Day Knowledge Exchange for Researchers on Ageing by Dr Chris Perkins (Selwyn Centre for Ageing & Spirituality) The Hope Selwyn One Day Knowledge Exchange was held in Auckland on 4th September 2015 and sponsored by the Hope Foundation and The Selwyn Foundation. This was an opportunity for gerontology researchers,…

Is Housing A Human Right?

(based on address to a forum at St Matthews-in-the-City on 31st August 2015) There is so much going on, so much to say about housing in this country, it is hard to know where to start. But I want to start at the place where the divine meets the ordinary. We are in a church,…

Justice in Action

New Resources to Support Action on Social Justice from the Churches New and creative resources to support action at community level and nationally emerged during September. Kiwi Families – It’s Our Story Caritas New Zealand led the way with a series of online and hard copy resources featuring some great stories of how communities around…

Review of family violence legislation

  There has been a flurry of activity around the NGO sector in response to the Ministry of Justice’s review of family violence legislation. The consultation document “Strengthening New Zealand Legislative Response to Family Violence” represented a comprehensive and well researched document that captured clearly the complexity of different types of violence and safety issues. it also covered a range of mechanisms…

Emergency Housing Review

Funding for emergency housing is a piece-meal afterthought on the margins of a state and social housing sector that is under-resourced and is operating in an environment of a private rental market that is insufficiently regulated and insecure. It arises out of a charitable model of service provision and the initiative of local communities and…

People Power on Poverty – It Works!

 It Worked! The child poverty message got through and change happened. 16,000 voices helped build the pressure to lift incomes for the poorest families in New Zealand as the team of online activists at Action Station worked with UNiCEF, Child Poverty Action Group, Every Child Counts and NZCCSS to call for government action in the…

(A) Little Hope for the Marginalised?

A central part of the Christian message is hope for a just and fair sharing of the plentiful resources of our country and our community. Hope is not an empty optimism that things will get better “some day.” Hope is built on the lived experience of communities seeking just and fair outcomes for their people….

Outcomes Plus

New NZCCSS report Ehara tāku toa te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini Success is not achieved individually, but from the work of many people The report Outcomes Plus: the added value of community organisations released on 28th May arose out of the experience of the social services sector since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)….

Housing WoF will save lives

Emma-Lita Bourne is not the first victim of the poor quality of rental housing in this country. Housing researchers have been reporting the health impacts of poor housing for many years. Around 40,000 children end up in hospital each year as a result if poor quality housing.  An evaluation of the Warm Up New Zealand…

Care Workers Main Earners for Families

Aged care workers in home support and aged residential care love their work but are concerned about the pressures of their work and the low pay. AUT researcher Dr Ravenswood describes the typical aged care worker as “female, aged over 45 and is the main earner for her family but she earns $15 or less…