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Housing Policy Election Meeting

WHAT ARE THE POLITICAL PARTIES DOING TO ADDRESS AUCKLAND’S HOUSING CRISIS?

AUCKLAND’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS: Election meeting to hear the housing policies of the main political parties

COME TO THIS IMPORTANT ELECTION MEETING! 

  • THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3RD, 7PM – 8.30PM, followed by refreshments
  • Freemans Bay Community Centre – Auditorium
  • 52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland

Candidates or spokespeople from National, Labour, Green, Maori, ACT, Mana, and NZ First Parties have been invited to give their policies on addressing the lack of affordable, quality housing in the Auckland region, and their overall direction in housing policy.

Shortage of supply, the growing crisis of overcrowding, the impact of HNZC reforms on most vulnerable families / individuals, high proportion of Maori & Pacific Island Homeless,  poor quality and security of the private rental sector are just some of the many pressing concerns.

They will lay out their broad policy and answer a set of questions.

Speakers confirmed are:

  • Carmel Sepuloni, MP, Labour’s associate spokesperson on social development and candidate for Waitakere
  • Paul Hutchinson MP, National, MP for Hunua and Chair, Health Select Committee.
  • Alan Johnson, Green Party spokesperson on housing
  • Sue Bradford, Mana Party candidate for Waitakere
  • Kath McCabe, ACT Party candidate for Tauranga
  • Andrew Williams, NZ First candidate for North Shore

This meeting has been organised by community organisations involved with Housing Call to Action, a broadbased network of housing and social service organisations working in West Auckland and more recently in South Auckland.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information contact: Sigrid Shayer, Waitakere Community Law Service, Ph 09 835 2130;

sigrid@waitakerelaw.org.nz

Show Us Your Disability Policy Election Meeting Rundown

Notes from Miriam Larsen-Barr

On October 31st I attended the Show Us Your Disability Policy election meeting at the Western Springs Community Garden Hall. I was interested in what each of the six main parties had planned for the disability sector and how that would impact mental health. I was particularly interested in their mental-health policies. Mental health is funded through the health budget these days, but it remains a disability issue and people with experience of mental health problems are protected by pieces of legislation that come from the disability field. At the same time, people experiencing any kind of disability also face greater stress and are over-represented in mental unwellness statistics. It is important that all disability strategies are undertaken with an awareness of the mental health implications for the people affected.

About 100 other people were in attendance, but in the interests of helping as many people be as informed as possible, I took detailed notes on each politician’s responses and share these notes here. I have tried to keep my own opinions out of the picture and to accurately paraphrase or in many cases quote what was actually said.

You might also like to check out this article in today’s Herald. 

And please do make sure that you are enrolled to vote!

The panel of politicians:

  • Maggie Barry, North Shore candidate for National Party
  • Sue Bradford for Mana Movement
  • Carmel Sepuloni for Labour Party
  • Jonathan McFarlane for ACT Party
  • Metiria Turei for Green Party
  • Tau Bruce Mataki for the Maori Party

The Opening Statements

Each representative was given five minutes to introduce themselves and answer three questions regarding the promotion of equal rights, employment and education for people with disabilities.

Green Party:

  • Asking two things: Party vote for Greens and Vote to Keep MMP.
  • Stand for a ‘smart, green, compassionate economy.’
  • Has three priorities:
    • Bring 100 000 children out of poverty
    • Make all of our rivers clean enough for swimming
    • Create 100 000 jobs
    • “We are committed to issues of disability… they are not minority issues…what is good for people with disabilities is good for the whole country”
    • “Barriers [to equality] are the assumptions about difference… all people in this country have the same rights and freedoms.”
    • Put in place the disability commissioner
    • Acknowledge funding inadequacies and education inequalities for people with disabilities
    • Want to introduce full time disability commissioner
    • Want to change the education act so schools can’t refuse entry to disabled children
    • Want to increase needs-based funding and amend it so that people with low and moderate needs can get help too.
    • Ran out of time…

Labour Party:

  • Acknowledges that the past three years have been difficult for people with disabilities and the organisations who help them…that the recession had a greater impact on people with disabilities and the rising cost of living.
  • Has not launched the labour disability policy yet
  • The vision is a community where disabled peoples diversity is recognised and their rights are protected.
  • Says that they endorse the motto ‘nothing about us, without us’
  • Was involved in the signing of the UN Convention on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Is concerned about cuts that “put us on the back foot” and a lot of rebuilding needs to take place to return services that were previously supported.
  • Wants to review what has been lost and begin reinstating those things.
  • Ran out of time…

Act Party:

  • Acknowledges that they “do not have a clear, fully packaged disability policy”.
  • “Act exists to push government forward on certain issues… the economy…education…we are about economic freedom”
  • Is interested in why Act should have a disability policy and invites people to talk to him about this in the break.
  • Wants to “create more money” for special education
  • Wants to see 80% of our schools being inclusive of people with disabilities
  • Says the difference between Act and other parties is “Act wants to not just divide up the pie, but wants to make the pie bigger”
  • Says has “no intention to promise to  push wages for disabled people up to minimum wage”
  • Funding for disabled people needs to follow the individual child rather than schools.
  • Supports the return of the youth wage.

Mana Movement

  • Says is a pakeha standing for a Maori movement because she wants the treaty of Waitangi made the constitution of New Zealand, and supports the kaupapa of everyone being able to participate…no one should miss out on taking part because they aren’t rich enough.
  • Regarding legislation, they want to make the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into law and ratify the optional protocol that allows people to take their cases to the UN.
  • Wants to introduce anti-discrimination law.
  • Wants to abolish the Workers on Minimum Wage Exemption that sees 600 New Zealanders with disabilities working in sheltered workshops for $3 an hour.
  • Wants to see more done for government funding to support people with impairments to get employment
  • Wants to improve outcomes for students moving from high school
    • Greater funding for community supports
    • Government support for job creation
    • Splitting the budget differently – National keep rationing the budget, but it can be split in a way to increase funding for the people who need it most.
    • Stand against proposed welfare reforms.

Maori Party:

  • Stands for ‘the people, the people, the people’
  • Supports proper recognition of disabled people in the context of Whanau Ora. Believes in self-determination.
  • Leader of Maori Party is the current Minister for Disability Issues
  • Wants to “progress to a full-time disability commissioner”
  • Wants to advance strategies to achieve a fully inclusive society
    • Supports the Be Accessible initiative
    • Endorse Nothing About Us Without Us
    • Support for individuals (individual funding) instead of services/schools
    • Support for ‘circle of friends’ or whanau
    • Resources for respite care and accommodation funding
    • Supports a review of WINZ
    • Will investigate post-school supports

National Party:

  • Starts by saying she hasn’t been as knowledgeable as the others but has done her best to research the issues.
  • She makes a personal pledge to do her best if she gets “over the line to represent your interests”
  • Says they have put 100 million dollars into the disability sector, quoting
    • The Be Accessible initiative.
    • Giving one thousand people access to individualised funding
    • An initiative in the Bay of Plenty
    • Acknowledges “we need to do more to help with employment”
      • Supports business enterprises so that businesses are supported to employ people
      • Supports to Workers on Minimum Wage Exemption, because “the low wage exemption is only given when it is fair.”
      • Acknowledges need for accessible public transport and quotes the existing Total Mobility Scheme that allows some people access to subsidised taxis when no other public transport options are available.  Ran out of time…

Question Time

Each representative had 60 seconds to respond.

What is your policy on paid caregivers?

  • Maori Party: We believe in whanau and supporting positive families.
  • Act: We are in favour of a policy to compensate families who are caring for people
  • Greens: People who are entitled to funding should be able to choose who they want to pay that money to for support.
  • Labour: Recognises the role families play and we are concerned about ongoing court actions. Once a ruling is made the government must sit down with families to understand what funding will be needed.
  • Mana: Supports the resolution of the case and also supports pay for whanau caregivers
  • National: Government has admitted mistakes. Talks about the sleepover case, not the caregivers’ case. Audience member repeats question. Personal view is families should decide, “this is fairer”.  “I do not know the party’s policies in this regard.”

A young woman writes from a rest-home, where she is living because there is insufficient funding for 24-7 care for her to live in an age-appropriate setting. She asks, How will you resolve this?

  • National Party: Personally, thinks that this is wrong. “Our party accepts it is not the best plan but sometimes is used.” It is not ideal.
  • Mana: That is a totally unacceptable situation. There are mixed solutions, we don’t want to go back to institutions, but there still needs to be a place of sanctuary, a safe, culturally, age-appropriate space that still allows for independence and choices.
  • Labour: We are really concerned about this. We support quality living in the community and increased ability to live in the community. Housing is important, we commit to accessible housing for disabled people.
  • Greens: Agrees with Labour and Mana that people are being put into “holding pens” because there’s no budget being set aside. It is there, but it is not being given a priority.
  • Act: This is not an ideal situation. It is inhumane. Can’t comment on policy for this issue.
  • Maori Party: Whanau Ora speaks to this, we believe people should be with their families.

Will You support pay parity for people working in the disabilities sector?

  • Maori Party: Is hard work and people need to be remunerated for it. It is not good that workers in this sector are treated badly.
  • Labour: Yes we support pay parity. There is a high number of women in the sector too and accept that the wage needs to go up. Also wants to make the first $100 a week tax-free, this is specifically aimed to help people on lower incomes more.
  • Mana Movement: Is in agreement about lifting the minimum wage and pay parity in the Health and Disability Sector. Wants to see funding for providers  in respect to pay and conditions for the sections.
  • National: The health and disability sector is governed by the same rules as other employers. This is a matter for individuals and employers to work out themselves.
  • Act: Jokes about making self unpopular. Do not support increased wages. Says job losses because of the recession means it would put prices up. Wants less government involvement.

What will you do to improve the mental health of New Zealanders in the coming 3 years?

  • National: Says has put 23.5 million dollars aside for access to primary mental health services. Claims more interventions are available and that they are doubling the number of people working in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health. Acknowledges it takes “special consideration and care”
  • Mana: Committed to trying to lift mental health funding, especially for children and adolescent services. Wants to see across the board quality healthcare – “we need more resources”.
  • Labour: “Mental health is a health issue, not a disability issue.” It hasn’t been given enough priority for DHBs and needs to be restored as a priority for DHBs to improve services.
  • Greens: Has had a policy for a number of years, acknowledges Sue Bradford’s work in developing this. The priority is child and adolescent mental health and other factors that impinge and make it harder, like being able to access a warm dry home, employment, jobs and equality in the community.
  • Act: Has no clear policy “we encourage and promote choice, and encourage competition between services”
  • Maori Party: This is a growing problem, a challenge to the nation, we will be having discussions to improve services.

Would you support a Sign Language Commission to support access to sign as an official language of New Zealand?

  • Labour: We have had conversations with TV stations about captioning. Is disappointed with cuts to signing resources and interpreters. Points out that cuts to adult community education has reduced community access to sign classes. Would reinstate adult community education. Would continue captioning conversations.
  • Mana: Was there to celebrate the Sign Language Bill being passed but it needs to be given more support. Wants to see it being treated similar to the Maori Language Commission with enough teachers so there is more access to sign. Would champion the cause.
  • National: It is now our third official language. National added signers to the RWC anthems and the earthquake announcements.
  • Act: We need to have another look at the Sign Language Bill and better understand it. When it passed Act thought it was unclear and open-ended.
  • Maori Party: I don’t understand why it isn’t there and it should be.
  • Greens: Our proposed an independent disability commission would take of that. Green party has a deaf MP and if get enough votes will get the first deaf MP into parliament.

A triple-whammy: How will your party support 20 hours of early childhood education for children with disabilities?  Why is my son’s special education unit closing when it is working so well? How will your party support people with disabilities who want to do tertiary education? Representatives had 90 seconds to respond to these three related questions

  • Maori Party: I don’t know why they are closing these special education units or what is going to be in their place.
  • Act Party: We support choice. Choice helps people.
  • Greens: Yes to 20 hours of funding for early childhood education, but people with disabilities need extra support. Wants to see funding following children all their lives to tertiary education. Units should be in schools and also do not now why it is closing down, funding is difficult and there has been no extra funding for these things.
  • Labour: Introduced the 20 free hours scheme and all children should have access to this. Are disappointed in the cuts to the sector and support the special education units. Acknowledges cuts to occupational therapy and physical therapy services, all have been losing staff. The cuts to the training incentive allowance were unacceptable and this needs to be restored.
  • Mana Party: Supports restoration of training incentive scheme. Childhood centres need to be created as well as the 20 hours. We shouldn’t be closing these units, we should be creating more.
  • National: We haven’t made cuts. We give 38% more funding, it Is going to Kohanga and pacific early childhood services. Cuts are to create efficiency. We are increasing the work-force. There are a range of supports. Our tertiary strategy is to increase students with impairments that are doing tertiary education. We are announcing our strategy next week.

As a blind person I can take someone with me to vote and tick the box for me and then ask someone else to check that they responded as I wished, this is good but it means my vote is not private or independently cast. How will parties enable us to cast our votes independently and secretly?

  • Maori Party: We would establish a national advocacy service
  • Act: This is a human rights issue, you ought to be allowed to vote yourself, I don’t know all the ins and outs but it needs to be provided in Braille.
  • Greens; We support measure to make it accessible in Braille or using technology. It’s about putting resources into it. This restriction undermines your human rights.
  • Labour: We support putting into Braille and would be happy to consult and be advised.
  • Mana: We have no specific policy but Mana are happy to work with people to resolve this.
  • National: This is not our responsibility. It is the responsibility of the election commission. You can vote by post with assistance from someone else and you can request to take your ballot away and fill it out at home with assistance from someone else.

Summaries

  • Greens: One of the issues in the changes to sickness and invalids benefits, work testing people with disabilities is inhumane and must not occur. The worst is the welfare reforms that undermine human rights. Reminds to vote party vote for greens and to keep MMP.
  • Labour: These forums are about accountability. Mentions it would have been good to see Minister for Disability Issues representing for the Maori Party and a National MP rather than a candidate.
  • Mana Movement: Notes the difficulty of living with a disability. Worries about everyone’s beautiful words and encourages the audience to follow up with the MPs who make it to parliament so they don’t forget or lose sight of what they have said here.
  • National: Feel free to chase me down. I am committed to the UN Convention. Hold us accountable. Next week’s announcement deals with disability.
  • Act: Hopefully you understand more about Act, please do come and talk to me, I do want to hear from you.
  • Maori Party: Applaud your presence, I’m sure the minister will be so pleased that you make this challenge to your politicians.

An Open Letter to the Mental-Health & Disability Sector

27/10/2011

Dear colleagues and networks

A global revolution of the people is taking place right now and with our sectors’ input, it could create just the kind of social conditions that you and I know our community needs to empower all people to live flourishing lives. For this reason, Engage Aotearoa is actively supporting this movement in Auckland and we urge you to take part too.

As a key stakeholder in the Auckland mental-health and disabilities sector, you probably already know that we have the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world and that our youth are more likely to die from suicide than any other cause. Almost 50% of our community faces mental health problems in their life-times and only 16.9% of us have access to specialised treatment. Despite this, our government has removed mental health from the nation’s health priorities and cut funding to core mental health services across the country and we have all been feeling the effects. The Occupy movement is a revolution against this governmental shift away from the wellbeing of our communities and onto the wellbeing of big business. The movement’s impact depends entirely on the people who take part. The mental-health and disability sector needs to take part.

You probably won’t have heard about Occupy in the mainstream media, but information is widespread on social media networks. The movement has spread across the globe since thousands of Americans occupied Wall Street in New York on September 17th to collaborate in peaceful protest. In multitudes of cities across the world, communities have occupied their public spaces to peacefully demand that their governments take care of the interests of ordinary people (the 99%), over the interests of big business (the 1%). Each Occupation has set up a daily General Assembly that practices consensus decision-making that allows everyone present to be part of deciding what the local issues are and how they should be resolved. Absolutely everyone in the community is invited to participate in the daily General Assembly and have their perspective represented in the process.

In Auckland on October 15th two thousand people from all walks of life marched down Queen Street and occupied Aotea Square. Many are still there and they need our support if they are to achieve a meaningful result.

There are three ways that you or your organisation can join the Occupy movement to bring mental-health and disability issues into the picture and stand up for the human rights of the 99%.

  1. Outreach: Help the movement reach the public by visiting the occupation and adding yourself to the count. You don’t have to camp, though you are welcome to. A lot of people have jobs and family commitments and can only make it down for a few hours every couple of days. Every single body counts and there are so many things to be done that you or your organisation can help with. Anyone can join a working group or put a proposal to the General Assembly. The more diverse the occupiers are the better – every voice needs to be represented so that the consensus reached is a meaningful one with numbers behind it.
  2. Education:  Share your knowledge with the occupiers by presenting a Learn Session on-site in the occupation. Not only is this an excellent way for you to spread your message amongst an incredibly diverse group of people, it is also an excellent way to help equip the occupiers with the knowledge they need to inspire positive change in New Zealand.
  3. Public Support: Show that you support the movement by publishing a Statement of Solidarity with the local Occupy movement, like this one. If you don’t have time to make your own Statement of Solidarity, simply forward this letter amongst your own networks. You might also like to publish witness accounts of what is happening at the camp and how the lives of the extremely diverse occupiers have changed for the better since participating in their communities through the Occupy movement.

This movement is about more than politics – it is about people uniting for a better world – and in the camps, a model of that better world is being played out. I have seen firsthand people meeting people they would not otherwise meet – and they are learning from each other. I have seen all people feeling included, people volunteering and participating, people finding comfort in each other, building a safe space and finding value in work and rediscovering their own skill-sets, people healing each other, all at Occupy Auckland.

Come to Aotea Square and experience it for yourself. General Assemblies are daily at 6pm. Learn Session days and times vary and are posted on the information board. A welcome tent holds all of the information you need and a friendly person to fill you in.

Sincerely in solidarity with Occupy Auckland

Miriam Larsen-Barr

[MA: 1st Class Hons (psych)]

Service Director | Engage Aotearoa Ltd

admin@engagenz.co.nz

This letter and the perspectives contained therein were unanimously approved by the Occupy Auckland General Assembly on 27 October 2011 at Aotea Square.

 

 

Occupy – sign the petition or join a general assembly near you!

This just in from Avaast:  Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St — an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and counting including AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, but they need our help to succeed.

If millions of us from across the world stand with them, we’ll boost their resolve and show the media and leaders that the protests are part of a massive mainstream movement for change. Sign the AVAAST Petition and if you can, join an occupation near you, even if just for a few moments. 

This year could be our century’s 1968, but to succeed it must be a movement of all citizens, from every walk of life. Click to join the call for real democracy — a giant live counter of every one of us who signs the petition will be erected in the centre of the occupation in New York, and live webcasted on the petition page:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

The worldwide wave of protest is the latest chapter in this year’s story of global people power. In Egypt, people took over Tahrir Square and toppled their dictator. In India, one man’s fast brought millions onto the streets and the government to its knees — winning real action to end corruption. For months, Greek citizens relentlessly protested unfair cuts to public spending. In Spain, thousands of “indignados” defied a ban on pre-election demonstrations and mounted a protest camp in Sol square to speak out against political corruption and the government’s handling of the economic crisis. And this summer across Israel, people have built “tent cities” to protest against the rising costs of housing and for social justice.

These national threads are connected by a global narrative of determination to end the collusion of corrupt elites and politicians — who have in many countries helped cause a damaging financial crisis and now want working families to pay the bill. The mass movement that is responding can not only ensure that the burden of recession doesn’t fall on the most vulnerable, it can also help right the balance of power between democracy and corruption. Click to stand with the movement:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/the_world_vs_wall_st/?vl

In every uprising, from Cairo to New York, the call for an accountable government that serves the people is clear, and our global community has backed that people power across the world wherever it has broken out. The time of politicians in the pocket of the corrupt few is ending, and in its place we are building real democracies, of, by, and for people. 

With hope,
Emma, Maria Paz, Alice, Ricken, Morgan, Brianna, Shibayan and the rest of the Avaaz team

SOURCES

Unions, students join Wall Street protesters (Businessweek)
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9Q6CA3O0.htm

Spanish youth rally in Madrid echoes Egypt protests (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13437819

Anti-austerity protesters block Greek ministries (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/04/greece-idUSL5E7L40BV20111004

Occupy Wall St – online resources for the occupation
http://occupywallst.org/

Occupy Wall St primer (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/occupy-wall-street-a-primer/2011/08/25/gIQAbX7oHL_blog.html

Have Your Say on How Community Funding Works in Auckland

Auckland Council provides various forms of support to community groups working for their communities.  This assistance comes in a number of forms including, but not limited to:

  • capacity building and governance support
  • funding
  • provision of subsidised leases
  • partnership with council to develop facilities.

Auckland Council is undertaking stakeholder consultation on a new Community Assistance Framework and related policies, including:

Community funding policy

This policy will guide the provision of contestable and multiyear contract grants at regional and local levels.  The policy will support the provision of grants to a wide-range of community groups across the region, whilst ensuring the policy is equitable, accountable and transparent.

Community lease policy

This policy will guide the provision of subsidised, below market rental community leases across the region.  The policy will provide subsidised council-owned buildings and / or land to community groups to undertake a range of activities that benefit the community.

Facility partnership policy

This policy will guide the creation of partnerships between council and external organisations to develop new or upgrade existing facilities across the region.  The intent of the policy is to address gaps in council’s network facilities by entering into partnerships with external organisations.

The long-term approach to community assistance is expected to become effective from July 2012, contingent upon political and consultative processes.  Members of the public, key internal and external stakeholders and community organisations will be asked to participate fully in these processes.

As a community group in the region, the new framework and policies may affect your organisation and we welcome your views.

You can register interest in being involved in consultation by emailing communityassistance@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.  

Want to Know More About Your Election Options?

YouthLaw, Auckland Disability Law and Waitakere Community Law Service are organising a free referendum and election event to give you the opportunity to find out about the referendum and electoral systems, meet the candidates, and ask the questions that YOU want answered! The event is open to all, but we particularly welcome people from youth or disability communities.

Both events will kick off with Dr Stephen Winter from the University of Auckland providing a run-down of our options at the upcoming referendum, followed by questions from the floor to all candidates on the referendum itself, then other issues of interest.

Takapuna

13 Oct 4-6pm

Taitamariki Hall, Como Street, Takapuna

Phil Twyford MP  David Clendon MP  Maggie Barry  Sue Bradford  Andrew Williams  David Seymour

Henderson

20 Oct 4-6pm

 Unitec 510-B007, Trading Place, Henderson

Phil Twyford MP  David Clendon MP  Tau Henare MP  Sue Bradford  Andrew Williams  David Seymour

Doors open at 3:30pm for refreshments, no admissions after 4pm. Gold coin donation appreciated.

 TO REGISTER YOUR ATTENDANCE

Contact sue.plowman@adl.org.nz.

Show Us Your Disability Policy Election Meeting

“Show Us Your Disability Policy” Election Meeting for the Disability Community

Help get disability onto the political agenda.  You are invited to an election meeting for the disability community where you will:

  • Find out about the political parties’ disability policies
  • Hear each party’s spokesperson answer questions from disabled people, parents and care givers, and disability organisations
  • Find out how to enrol to vote and the voting process
  • Learn about the electoral referendum

When:  Monday 31 October 2011, 1.30pm to 4pm

Where:  Western Springs Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road

Politicians who will be there: 

  • CARMEL SEPULONI – Labour Party
  • JONATHAN MC FARLENE – ACT Party
  • SUE BRADFORD – Mana Movement
  • MAGGIE BARRY – National Party
  • METIRIA TUREI – Green Party
  • TAU BRUCE MATAKI – Maori Party

Please register by Thursday 20 October 2011.  There is no charge, but it is essential to book.  Contact Lisa at Parent & Family Resource Centre for a registration form by fax 09 636 0354, telephone 09 636 0351 or email pfrcadmin@pfrc.org.nz.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and there will be a PA system.  Please advise of any access, communication or dietary needs when registering.  Sign language interpreters have been booked.  Please let us know by 20 October if you require interpreters.

The Law Commission is seeking community views on the legal structure

The Law Commission is seeking community views on the legal structure and rules that should govern community organisations.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the way your community is run. Many of our mental health services are run by Charitable Trusts and will be impacted by any changes to legislation – for better or for worse. If you have a stake in these services – as a person using them or as a person working for them, we encourage you to get yourself along.

WHY:

  • The century old Incorporated Societies Act 1908 is in need of major reform and updating.
  • It doesn’t relate to the needs of the thousands of existing Incorporated Societies and Charitable Trusts.
  • This important review affects Charitable Trusts also because the Commission is considering whether a new Incorporated Societies Act should also replace incorporation under the Charitable Trusts Act.
  • The Community Sector has an opportunity for input into the Law Commission’s review and to influence the recommendations it makes to the Government.

WHEN: Thursday 8th September, 10am – 12.30pm
WHERE: Waitakere Community Resource Centre, 8 Ratanui St, Henderson (up the service-lane behind National Bank)

Tea & Co ffee will be provided. No carparking available onsite
3hrs free parking on Henderson Valley Rd–next to the Railway Bridge. Paid parking in multilevel carpark, entrance on Trading Pl

For more info or to RSVP by 6th September contact Mandy on 09 838 7903 or mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz.

If you are unable to attend, invite another person from your organisation to take your place.

We Care Campaign

www.wecare.org.nz

Please click through to the We Care! campaign website and have a say for family carers.

Click ‘Email John Key’ to send a message fo the Prime Minister asking him to take a direct interest in the needs and welfare of New Zealand’s 420,000+ family, whanau, and aiga carers.