rangatahi / youth

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.

School Strike 4 Climate NZ - 27 September 2019

School Strike 4 Climate NZ - 27 September 2019

Wellington City Council declared a climate and ecological emergency on June 20.

Some things are worth breaking rules for, so students are taking to the streets again on 27 September, demanding action on climate change, and this time they're inviting adults to join them. The strike will mark the end of a week of global climate-focused events and challenges running from September 20. Students want adults to show their support by walking out of work to join them.

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

Rangatahi on suicide prevention

Every year approximately over 500 people, many of them Māori, take their own lives by suicide, affecting the lives of many others. Te Puni Kōkiri, with a group of Rangatahi Maori using their personal experiences, have developed online resources around four themes to support suicide prevention initiatives.

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 move on mental health

A move on mental health

At the Tikanga Youth Synod (TYS) in June 2017, the issue of the unsatisfactory level of mental health awareness and discussion in the Church was identified as a priority, especially as so many people are affected by mental health in one way or another. Motion 9 was bought to GSTHW May 2018, and a small working group is now working hard to find, share and support the Anglican Church as it raises mental health awareness.