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…

KiwiBuy campaign focuses on more resources

Community Housing Aotearoa, the Salvation Army, the Housing Foundation and Habitat for Humanity are working together on the KiwiBuy campaign to persuade the government to put more resources into shared ownership and progressive home ownership products that can help more kiwis own an affordable home. Using shared ownership and progressive home ownership models, community-based housing provides…

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…

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…

Joint Day of Worship

MEDIA RELEASE:   Friday 25 January 2019 On February 20th, the United Nations Day of Social Justice, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services will join together with its member churches and church social services agencies in a joint worship to focus on those who are poor and marginalised in society.  Joining together in prayer is a…