Is C-minus good Enough?

A quick overview of the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report  shows more thumbs up symbols than thumbs down. Does this mean things are getting better for the most vulnerable in our country? In vital areas like housing, child poverty and family violence, the answer is ‘not really’. When an improvement is from…

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Pokie Machine Gambling Law Changes

Making Pokie Trusts More Accountable to Their Communities Gambling is one of those the many pressures and issues the people face that NZCCSS member agencies work beside. We are regularly receiving reports from around the country about the hardships that are compounded by addictive pokie machine gambling. The latest gambling legislation, Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3),…

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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…

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Giving Care Work Its Due

Yet another carer pay court case has won in the Employment Court. This time it is for home care relief worker Jan Lowe who worked in the 1990s providing 24 hour care relief breaks for family carers. The challenging work with people with Alzheimers or other disabilities was paid on the basis of an “allowance”…

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Age Concern Conference 2015 ‘Celebrating Age: Act locally, think globally’

April 21 and 22 2015, The Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp Street Kilbirnie, Wellington​ This will be a wonderful opportunity to collectively celebrate the contributions of all Age Concerns to older people in New Zealand, as well as celebrating the contributions of older people themselves. The Celebrating Age conference will be a vibrant and dynamic…

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