Outcomes Plus

 The Added Value of Community Organisations project is a our latest research project completed in May 2015. The final report from this project  was released on 28th May 2015. You can download a PDF from our Publications page.

Budget 2015 : A slither of hope?

Some active listening to constituents, advocacy groups and the general public was evident in Budget 2015. This, despite earlier statements not to expect much relief for children in hardship that one can only assume was playing for full effect on the stage that is Parliament. Children living in material hardship is however not political sport; it damages children’s…

Disability and Poverty

Are attitudes to people with disabilities a barrier to them fully participating in society and feeling accepted? A resounding ‘yes’ according to two separate studies by the New Zealand Convention Coalition Monitoring Group.  This group of disabled persons organisations, known as the Convention Coalition, commissioned a systemic monitoring report on the rights of disabled people in New Zealand. Two reports have…

Sweeping Changes for Social Services?

Over the past 10 years inflation has increased by 27% but in that time many social service agencies have had no funding increases at all. Now the $300 million of funding that MSD spends on social services is set for significant change under the yet to be released “community investment” allocation. In his latest blog…

Safety Checking of Children’s Workers

Update from the National Children’s Director on Phase One On 1 July 2015 the first phase of new safety checking of people who work with children comes into force.  New government regulations made under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 will require State-funded organisations who work with children to have all their paid children’s workforce safety…

NZCCSS Post Budget Breakfast Briefing

  Do you want to understand the Government’s thinking behind Budget 2015?  NZCCSS is hosting another Post-Budget Breakfast Briefing with Ministers Hon Bill English and Anne Tolley on Thursday 28 May 2015. if you are interested in attending, contact us at admin@nzccss.org.nz. For those wanting more, here’s a link to the video recording of the 2014 Post Budget Breakfast attended…

Give2kids

  The Children’s Commissioner and Philanthropy New Zealand has just launched Giving2Kids, an online page to provide organisations and ‘socially-minded businesses, advice on how to make ‘good’ decisions about  investing ‘wisely’ in kiwi children. The webpage is packed with information about which children have the greatest needs, what children need at different stages, working alongside existing charities and lots of ideas…

Living Wage increases to $19.25

Living wage employer La Boca Loca hosted the announcement of the 2015 revised living wage rate on 24th February. The Wellington living wage campaign supporters joined in the fun to celebrate the success of the movement in lifting wages for low income workers. We were also there to continue to our commitment to a fun-filled…