News & Events

The inequality gap: no worse is still very bad

11/08/2014

“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). read more

NZCCSS calls for government to raise care workers’ wages

21/07/2014

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is joining the call for the government to increase funding to the aged care sector to enable fair wages to be paid to workers caring for New Zealand’s older people. read more

Christchurch Housing Crisis - Even the Bad Houses are Gone

11/07/2014

They don’t even have the bad housing they had before”, Christchurch City Missioner, Michael Gorman says of the people who had lived in inner-city houses destroyed as a result of Christchurch’s earthquakes. “Landlords have used insurance payouts to do up these older houses. Who can blame them. Then they’ve raised the rent and the people who were struggling to pay before have found it impossible and had to go. Homelessness is where you see some of society’s most glaring inequalities.” read more

Housing costs key as inequality remains high

08/07/2014

Latest inequality figures released today show that income inequality has increased again in 2013: the incomes of the lowest half of income earners are going nowhere, having seen no increase in the past five years, while the top half have increased their incomes. read more

Christians called to vote to close Inequality Gap

01/07/2014

As New Zealand Christians think about how to cast their vote in 3 months’ time the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) is encouraging them to evaluate candidates on their party’s commitment to the wellbeing of our country’s most vulnerable people. read more

Closing the Inequality Gap priority for new NZCCSS President

23/06/2014

Lisa Woolley, newly-elected President of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS), will prioritise reducing inequality during her term, as part of the Council’s commitment to help overcome the huge structural pressures on New Zealand’s most vulnerable families. read more

Tick for Kids Election 2014 Is a Tick for Closing the Inequality Gap

17/06/2014

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) supports Tick for Kids Election 2014 : it takes a child to raise a country. “We recognise it as a significant initiative towards closing the inequality gap between rich and poor children in New Zealand”, says Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey. read more

Inequalities Growing

29/04/2014

“The terrible inequalities hidden in the so-called good news of the drop in young people not in employment, education or training is shocking”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “The 18th Vulnerability Report shows more than a quarter of young Māori and almost as many young Pasifika women are trapped in unemployment and are unable to access appropriate educational and training opportunities. This is storing up ongoing, intergenerational inequality and poverty for future generations of New Zealanders”. read more

‘The Next Stretch’ Aged Care Conference 8th – 9th May

07/04/2014

How Good a Place is New Zealand to Grow Old In? ‘The Next Stretch’ Aged Care Conference 8th – 9th May 2014 in Dunedin read more

Families’ Basic Needs Not Being Met

16/12/2013

“The evidence is in - low income families can no longer provide for even the basics as their weekly incomes falls further behind the rate of inflation”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “The 17th Vulnerability Report shows that when looking at the increases over 4 years for rent and energy – the two items that low income families must pay before they buy food – there has been an 11.9% increase in price. The additional 8.1% increase in benefits is obviously inadequate to cover the cost! If a family is on a benefit then they have received a total increase in income over four years of only $20.16 for a couple with 1 or more children or $17.33 for a sole parent.” read more

Five Years after the GFC and Vulnerability Remains Too High

16/08/2013

“New Zealand needs to share its resources more evenly or we will have a greater entrenchment of income inequality and poverty and all of the negative outcomes associated with these conditions”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “The latest Vulnerability Report shows children, young people, women and those without work and in low paid employment continue to be the New Zealand citizens who are paying the price for the progress being made on balancing the national budget. It’s time we spread the load more evenly”. read more

Inequality Divides Us and Holds Us Back

26/06/2013

“Growing inequality is dividing us and holding us back as a country,” comments Pam Waugh Vice-President of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “Every day NZCCSS member agencies are trying to support people whose incomes are simply too low to live on, whose housing is sub-standard and whose chances of getting ahead in the employment market are very limited. The growing income divide is a major contributor to their plight.” read more

Living Wage

23/05/2013

New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services Announces Support for the Living Wage Campaign The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) fully supports the Living Wage Campaign. The Council encourages all social services organisations to work towards becoming living wage employers. NZCCSS recognises progress towards this goal will be dependent on appropriate funding for services. Therefore the Council urges government and other agencies to fund in a way that allows social support organisations to be Living Wage employers. read more

Welfare Reforms Impacting on Young People and Families

09/04/2013

“Since the introduction of the youth focused Welfare Reforms our members are reporting an upswing in young people requesting food parcels and emergency accommodation’, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “It appears as though there has been a slight increase in the numbers of young people sleeping rough, in doorways or under bridges. And a large increase in teenagers who are dependent on sleeping on their friends’ couches – until the generosity runs out and they have to find another couch to surf on”. read more

Vulnerability Report Issue 14

22/01/2013

Is The Welfare Safety Net starting to Slip? We have too many people chasing too few jobs, and welfare benefits and hardship grants are getting harder to obtain. Our welfare system is failing to do the job it was intended for . Rather than enabling people to participate and belong in society, it is increasingly looking to social services and other to pick up where it is leaving off. This report covers trends experienced in government agencies and community based organisations in the third quarter of 2012. read more