PSNZ Positions

Presbyterian Support holds positions on key issues affecting either those we serve, or our own service workforces. They guide our advocacy work and help us know when we should raise our voice.

Family Works New Zealand Policy: Child Protection

Tamariki and rangatahi have the right to be safe from abuse and harm, and to be treated with respect and dignity. Family Works is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi and their whānau and families, and the prevention of child abuse.

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Family Works New Zealand Policy: Family Violence

The safety of Tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau is fundamental to their wellbeing. Family Works is committed to supporting families to be violence free by providing services in a culturally appropriate way; maximising safety and wellbeing.

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Housing Position

PSNZ Position on Housing

Despite a warm safe and affordable home being a fundamental human right, in Aotearoa in 2021 there are 41,644 New Zealanders currently “severely housing deprived” . This group includes ‘rough sleepers’ or people without shelter (3,522), people in temporary accommodation as they look for a home (7,567), as well as people in severely crowded private dwellings (30,555). In focusing narrowly on the physical element of ‘shelter’, housing policy makers have missed the critical social element of connection and human contact that defines the home. Presbyterian Support NZ urges government policy thinking to be more influenced by concepts of home, some shared by all but some distinct and unique to particular populations.

PSNZ Position on Housing