Policy Watch November 2019

  “I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me”. Matthew 25:40 Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-highlighting the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to NZCCSS’ core mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand. For this…

Policy Watch October 2019

Captain Cook has only ever been 25% of this story. The other 75% is the story of discovery and exploration that our ancestors made 500-700 years before Cook turned up. Master waka navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui) and co-chair of Tuia 250 Committee Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and…

Policy Watch July 2019

“When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebrations” Jean Vanier (1928 -2019), humanist, philosopher, theologian and advocate for humanity Welcome to the latest Policy Watch e-letter highlighting the latest news, research and…

How Best To Work Alongside Māori

Section 7AA of Oranga Tamariki Act – NZCCSS Hui Report In May Auckland social services provider VisionWest was the venue for a hui for NZCCSS members and other interested community social service organisations on how best to work alongside Iwi/Māori and to understand Section 7AA of Child Youth and Family (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act due…

Policy Watch Wellbeing Budget 2019 Special

  Wellbeing Budget 2019: How transformative is it? “The Wellbeing Budget is about a new approach to tackling New Zealand’s long-term challenges. It’s about a joined up government focused on building capabilities of our future generations”. Minister for Finance, Hon Grant Robertson Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi – Without foresight or…

A Hopeful Start – Budget 2019

MEDIA RELEASE:   Thursday 30 May 2019 “We are encouraged by the 2019 Wellbeing Budget and see hopeful signs for the future if this beginning is more strongly built on in future Budgets”, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS).  “The investment in our children, in addressing New Zealand’s mental…

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…

50 Years of NZCCSS on UN Social Justice Day

On February 20th, NZCCSS Council members gathered to celebrate 50 years since the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services was formed. At Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, member churches, social service agencies and the public gathered to commemorate the ecumenical contribution made by NZCCSS since 1969. The Joint Day of Worship, as suggested by…

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…