housing

Prevent Paying the Price of Poverty

Loan sharks and harmful practices are fast becoming one of the leading causes of child poverty. Debt collection and repossession is critically challenging for those who cannot repay debts. The Salvation Army and other Christian social service providers are prompting the government to introduce better policies, aimed at protecting the financially vulnerable, with stricter rules around limiting the hold of debt collectors on those struggling to make ends meet. Some families are having to endure unethical home invasions that essentially force them to relinquish personal items thought to equal the value of the debt, and more. On top of that, they are having to pay penalty collection fees to the collectors for doing so. “All this means that the stress of problem debts directly impacts children. They miss out on basic needs due to debt siphoning their parents’ incomes…”

Other protective measures being called for are better ‘able-to-repay’ assessments before lending can occur and new safeguards that govern and regulate debt collection practices. A Discussion Paper from the Salvation Army’s Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit (SPPU) explores debt collection, repossession and other debt recovery processes and policies in Aotearoa, with some key policy recommendations, including pushing for a new single law to regulate debt collection in our nation, and reviewing the effects of insolvency options on lower income Kiwis.

Our thanks to the Salvation Army for the resources. More information is available on their website.

Whakamana Tāngata - Restoring Dignity to social security in NZ

Whakamana Tāngata - Restoring Dignity to social security in NZ

In this 21 min presentation (originally meant for Diocesan Synods), Charles Waldegrave unpacks the findings of WEAG (Welfare Expert Advisory Group), set up by the government, highlighting the crises around income, housing, asset stripping, leading to the dignity of not only the system but people also.

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

Social Services Sunday is coming (4th July)

Take a fresh look at Social Services Sunday this year by inviting to church a range of people from your local community who serve others through different organisations that support that infrastructure of care within our communities.

Take the opportunity to say thanks to the people in your local community and recognise the efforts of those beyond.

The Salvation Army's yearly 'State of the Nation' report is released

The Salvation Army's yearly 'State of the Nation' report is released

Are You Well? Are We Safe? 

This year’s State of the Nation report by the Salvation Army takes a well-being approach to considering our social progress as a nation. It looks at the differences between those of us who are doing okay and the most vulnerable New Zealanders.

NZCCSS summarises the key policy and inquiries to keep an eye on in the New Year

NZCCSS summarises the key policy and inquiries to keep an eye on in the New Year

Policy Watch highlights the latest news, research and policy developments relevant to the NZCCSS mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A decade overdue

A decade overdue

This summary is a snapshot of the findings in the report Property Management in New Zealand: The need for regulation. The findings, including more than 65 first-hand experiences from landlords and tenants, are consistent with those of other groups calling for regulation – including many property managers themselves.

Safe and affordable housing for all - theology study guide

Safe and affordable housing for all - theology study guide

The following notes utilize excerpts from the Statement on Housing (in future identified as the SoH) and give background to some related biblical texts, as well as providing questions for discussion and reflection. Our hope is that they might be useful for preaching, small group, and individual reflection.