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Kete Kupu Word Basket Issue 31

Kete Kupu Word Basket Issue 31

Kia ora,

The March issue of the NZCCSS newsletter Kete Kupu is now online.

Kete Kupu includes information and commentary on a wide range of social service issues and provides updates and commentary on social service policy and practice. To download the newsletter, please follow the website link to download a PDF of Kete Kupu from our website: click here to download Kete Kupu.

Some of the highlights of this July 2014 issue include:
• Budget 2014, Bill English on the inequality debate: 'True but Useless"
• 285,000 children living in poverty through the eyes of mothers
• New NZCCSS President - Lisa Woolley
• Tick for Kids Election 2014 is a tick for closing the inequality gap
• New Masters degree in faith based leadership - your feedback sought
• Early Warrant of Fitness results promising
• NZCCSS Services for Older People Conference 2014, Dunedin
• Events at the Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality
• New Laws to control loan sharks
• Conference: Social Justice In Communities, Christchurch

If you have comments or feedback on our new look newsletters or any suggestions for additional items or sources of information to include in Kete Kupu, please let us know. All feedback is gratefully received - please send any comments to admin@nzccss.org.nz

Ngā mihi nui,

From all of us in the team at NZCCSS.

Supporting social services that put
social justice and social compassion into action


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