Briefing to Incoming Ministers
A cord of three is not quickly broken. ECCLESIASTES 4:12
Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati. Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati. KINGI TĀWHIAO
When the reeds stand alone they are vulnerable. But bound together they are unbreakable.
The challenges facing Aotearoa New Zealand in the years ahead are substantial. Our Christian lens, however, is one of tūmanako – hope. The last 10 months has shown clearly that when Government, NGOs, and those working at the flax roots of our nation combine as one, we can materially improve the dignity of life for the poor and vulnerable.
NZCCSS members are committed to working for a future where the need for their services dramatically declines. This requires structural change that reduces the vulnerability of New Zealanders. At this time an immediate increase in income for those with the least and access to good-quality, affordable housing will transform the lives of those our members serve.
The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) works for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand. We see this as a continuation of the mission of Jesus Christ. To fulfil this mission, we are committed to giving priority to the poor and vulnerable members of our society, and to Te Tiriti O Waitangi.
NZCCSS has six foundation members: the Anglican Care Network, Baptist Churches of New Zealand, Catholic Social Services, Presbyterian Support and the Methodist and Salvation Army Churches.
Nationally, the range and scope of our six-member networks is extensive. Thirty-seven types of services are delivered through 1,024 programmes in 213 separate provider sites in 55 towns and cities throughout New Zealand.
Pages 4 to 6 summarise the work of NZCCSS membership services under our three policy groups of Child and Family, Impacts of Poverty and Exclusion and Older People.
Further details on NZCCSS can be found on our website www.nzccss.org.nz Working Together for Positive Change
NZCCSS’s membership has extensive reach throughout New Zealand communities. Our members include some of the most recognised and highly regarded names in social service provision. It is a respect earned over many years of dedicated serving of the least in our society.
The quick and effective response of NZCCSS members and other community organisations in supporting New Zealand navigate the sharp end of the pandemic evidenced the value of the sector as an in-community resource. Rapidly reorganising to respond to changing needs, our member services often led the way and then, once established, supported Civil Defence Emergency Management teams.
Throughout the lockdown period our members experienced high levels of trust, responsiveness, and collaboration while working with government agencies, other community organisations, and businesses. This proved effective in delivering welfare and social services to communities the length and breadth of New Zealand.