Submissions

A Fair Chance for All - Breaking the Disadvantage Cycle

27 Aug 2021. Aotearoa is paying a high price socially and economically for the persistent disadvantage that too many New Zealanders are experiencing.

Discussion Document - Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development in Aotearoa

4 Aug 2021. We are pleased at the development of a policy statement on such a significant issue. New Zealand’s housing crisis is exacting a high toll on health and wellbeing in Aotearoa, including for older New Zealanders.

Physiotherapy Services in Aged Residential Care (ARC): A guide for ARC service providers

22 Jul 2021. Age Concern New Zealand believes the Physiotherapy Services in Aged Residential Care Draft Guidelines outline best practice for an effective physiotherapy service in Aged Residential Care.

Modernising the Charities Act 2005

19 Jul 2021. Age Concern New Zealand welcomes this targeted consultation on the Charities Act 2005. We value the opportunity to provide further input on specific aspects of the legislation following our earlier submission in May 2019.

National Strategy and Action Plans to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence

30 Jun 2021. Age Concern New Zealand supports the National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Abuse in Care Royal Commission Redress Submission Process

16 Jun 2021. Age Concern New Zealand supports survivors being able to see out-of-court redress for all types of abuse. From the work Age Concerns do with older people, it is apparent that any type of abuse can have damaging effects on their lives.

Incorporated Societies Bill (2021)

27 May 2021. Age Concern New Zealand and our network of local Age Concerns operate using a federation model of membership and have a strong interest in the wellbeing of incorporated societies and their ability to fulfill their stated purpose.

Budget Policy Statement 2021

15 Mar 2021. Age Concern New Zealand and Member Councils welcome the opportunity to comment on Budget Policy Statement 2021. Aotearoa, along with many other countries, is grappling with the impact of a global pandemic on our people and our economy.

Social Security (Financial Assistance for Caregivers) Amendment Bill: Letter of Support

22 Feb 2021. Age Concern New Zealand firmly supports the Social Security (Financial Assistance for Caregivers) Amendment Bill and supports the submission presented by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

District Court (Protection of Judgement Debtors with Disabilities) Amendment Bill

29 Jan 2021. We consider the proposed amendment bill addresses a gap in the legislation that unfairly impacts on people with disabilities who require mobility devices and other specialised equipment.

Guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa

21 Dec 2020. We welcome the Guideline and its emphasis on human rights, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, International human rights laws, the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and the United Nations ‘decency’ housing principles.

He Ara Āwhina Service-Level Monitoring Framework

9 Dec 2020. We believe that the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is on the right track and we support the current advancements with the He Ara Āwhina Service-Level Monitoring Framework.

Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Scheme

9 Dec 2020. Age Concern New Zealand is keen for all New Zealanders to benefit from a well-known, respected and effective disputes scheme that meets everyone’s needs, including people aged 65 and older.

Briefing to Incoming Ministers 2020

24 Nov 2020. This briefing paper outlines key issues Age Concern New Zealand wants to highlight to incoming ministers. It also tells you about Age Concern – who we are, what we do and how we can work in partnership with you.

Requirements for Urban Buses (RUB) Review 2020

5 Nov 2020. It is important to be aware that public transport is the only option for some people. This may be due to them not owning a car or not being able to drive. It can also be the result of a disability, an injury or cognitive impairment.

Death, Funerals, Burial and Cremation: A Review of the Burial and Cremation Act 1964

30 Oct 2020. Death, dying, and bereavement are inevitable experiences for us all. We lose loved ones, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. And we ourselves will die. Updated legislation is required to regulate the funeral industry.

He Ara Oranga wellbeing outcomes framework

11 Sep 2020. Older adults have tackled numerous and various challenges throughout their lifetime, one being the Covid-19 pandemic. The older generation is resilient and they have many life experiences that equip them to handle difficult times.

Covid-19 Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan

17 Jun 2020. Age Concern actively supported New Zealanders aged 65 and over throughout the pandemic response. We will continue to be involved throughout the recovery phase and beyond.

Accessible Streets Regulatory Package

22 May 2020. Age Concern New Zealand supports government initiatives to improve the safety and accessibility of footpaths, shared pathways, cycle lanes, and public transport. The safety of pedestrians of all ages on footpaths is essential.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework

22 May 2020. Mental health and wellbeing are important for all of us. We all experience good and poorer mental wellbeing in our lives and we all respond to life challenges differently. Covid-19 for example has challenged us all in different ways.

New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Bill

2 Apr 2020. The Repeal of Part 4A will respect and protect the rights of family members who are carers and family members with special care needs, a disability, long term chronic illnesses, mental health and addiction, and age care needs.

Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill

25 Mar 2020. Within 18 years it is estimated that more than half of New Zealand's 65 and over population will be renters. Age Concern New Zealand supports government initiatives to improve the situation for renters.

Urban Development Bill

14 Feb 2020. Safe, warm, secure and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. Housing and the wider environment in which we live impacts on every aspect of our wellbeing – mental, physical, spiritual and social.

Sexual Violence Legislation Bill

31 Jan 2020. Age Concern New Zealand believes all sexual violence is unacceptable. It is a violation of human rights and results in physical, emotional and psychological harm. We support victims of sexual violence to be given a stronger voice.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill (2019)

11 Dec 2019. We welcome the opportunity to submit on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill. New Zealand has persistently high suicide rates, as well as high levels of harm from alcohol, other drugs, gambling and family violence.

New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill

19 Nov 2019. Age Concern New Zealand and Member Councils support modernising and simplifying legislation to ensure NZ Superannuation and the Veteran’s Pension are fair, equitable, relieve poverty, simple to administer and receive, and are sustainable

Better Later Life Draft Strategy He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034

31 May 2019. Age Concern New Zealand welcomes the release of Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034. This is a positive outcome of earlier consultation carried out in 2018, during which we also contributed.

Modernising the Charities Act 2005

31 May 2019. Age Concern New Zealand welcomes a review of the Charities Act 2005 and we value the opportunity to make a submission on Modernising the Charities Act 2005: Discussion document. We appreciate the commitment to community consultation.

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

19 Oct 2018. Age Concern New Zealand commends recent government initiatives to improve the situation for renters. Introducing healthy homes standards for rental properties, the winter fuel subsidy, and banning letting fees are positive moves.

Positive Ageing Strategy

24 Aug 2018. Age Concern New Zealand agrees with Office for Seniors that a review of the 2001 Positive Ageing Strategy is required. Population ageing is now an emerging reality, with associated opportunities and challenges.

Treasury Proposal for a Living Standards Dashboard

30 Jul 2018. This submission is in response the invitation on the Treasury website to comment on the paper by Conal Smith: Treasury Living Standards Dashboard: Monitoring Intergenerational Wellbeing (June 2018).

Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions Oranga Tāngata Oranga Whānau

5 Jun 2018. Age Concern New Zealand believes that care for all people who require mental health and addiction support, regardless of their age / gender / culture / sexual orientation or (dis)abilities, is a necessity.

Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whanau Workforce Capability Framework

7 Feb 2017. Age Concern New Zealand welcomes the opportunity to comment on Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whanau Workforce Capability Framework.

Health of Older People Strategy

5 Sep 2016. Age Concern New Zealand supports the focus on maintaining the functional ability of older people, maximising their independence, and preventing and delaying disease and the onset of disability.

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