Retirement Villages oversight changes

The Retirement Commissioner has monitoring, information and education functions relating to retirement villages legislation, which also includes administering the disputes process. From 1 April 2015, the Commission has brought  back in-house the information and education functions previously delegated to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment so that the Commission can communicate directly with stakeholders…

The Damage High Pay Packages Do

…by encouraging “executives to take more risks than before by cutting costs and holding investment in innovation or productivity down, in order to bolster short-term profits and the company share price, to the serious detriment of the overall economy.” The UK High Pay Centre report recently released looks at the perverse incentives created by the…

Independent Expert Panel To Lead Major CYF Overhaul

Social development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the establishment of an independent panel ” to lead a complete overhaul of Child Youth and Family (CYF)” and we are not talking a casual re-shuffling of chairs . The language in the press release indicates a serious review of how CYF works and aligns with the government’s focus on vulnerable children/families and the implementation of the Vulnerable Children’s Act…

Jean Vanier Awarded Templeton Prize

“We are not called by God to do extraordinary things but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love“ Jean Vanier, humanist, philosopher, theologian and author has been awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his discovery of the ..” central role of vulnerable people as a source of dialogue, of healing, of unity and of peace…

Dementia Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities is one vital step for our future wellbeing and Alzheimers NZ has shared a great new resource from Alzheimers Disease International. They have released a new Dementia Friendly Communities Resource booklet. This booklet contains information on Dementia Friendly Communities projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of…

Social Housing – show me the houses?

‘We hope to have more social housing but we still don’t know how’ could be a fair summary of recent announcements about the Government’s intentions for social housing. NZCCSS believes that we need a clear public commitment from the Government to ensure there are thousands more social housing units available as soon as possible to…

IMF, Unions & Rise of Inequality

On the day that new NZ laws come into effect that further reduce workers rights, the IMF (yes, this is not a typo – International Monetary Fund – that notorious hotbed of unionism!?) releases a report telling us how important unions are in reducing inequality!! According to the IMF’s study, “the decline in unionization is…

Police Vetting Money-go-round

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A money merry-go-round. These are some of the ways Helga Wientjes, Chair of ComVoices grouping of community & voluntary sector organisations, describes the police vetting legislation before Parliament. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey was among the submitters trying to persuade the Select Committee to change clauses in the legislation. The…

NZ Super & home ownership key for older people

“The decline in home ownership has implications for future generations of older people who will age without the buffer of home ownership. Rental accommodation will be the new norm for many more New Zealanders as they age”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services. “While 77.5% of older…

The inequality gap: no worse is still very bad

“Just because there’s been a suggestion recently that the inequality gap in New Zealand hasn’t grown since the global economic crisis, we shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not bad”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). How can New Zealanders be content with such a…