Weekly Update

29 September 2016


SSPA members have raised concerns about the appearance of a new requirement in some contracts for provision to MSD of individual client level data.  A blog by NZ Council of Christian Social Services on this matter highlights these concerns.  SSPA will be working with NZCCSS and other agencies to consider the implications of this requirement, which was introduced without consultation.  We’ve heard from some members, but if any other providers have such contracts or have concerns about this, please get in touch with me at  

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has released details of the upcoming legislation which continues the reform of the care and protection system.  Her media statement is here and the Cabinet papers are here
Minister Tolley, as well as MSD officials, will be speaking at the SSPA Conference on 27-28 October, so this is a great chance to hear directly from those who have developed the reform proposals.
This stage of the reforms include significant proposals to change aspects of the care system and there is already considerable debate.  SSPA will be making a submission on the Bill, expected in December 2016, and will be seeking members’ views over the coming weeks.


SSPA Conference – just 4 weeks to go before the national conference.  Registration numbers are looking good but we have capacity for a few more registrations if your organisation hasn’t yet registered.  You can register online at – we hope to see you in Christchurch on 27 October.

Brenda Pilott, SSPA National Manager

Workshops & Meetings 

SSPA Cultural Competency Workshop
We are holding a workshop in Christchurch on Cultural Competency where you will skills to provide effective support to clients from different cultures. 
6th October, 9.30am-4pm. Waipuna, 349 Woodham Rd, Avonside, Christchurch.
$20pp + GST for SSPA members, $40pp + GST for non-SSPA members. 

Register online here or email or call 04 805 0883.

Youth Consumer Advisor Forum
This two-day forum is presented by the Werry Centre and is a chance for Youth Consumer Advisors to network and discuss their roles and to examine issues facing YCA's in New Zealand.
10 October, 10.30am-4pm and 11 October, 9am-3pm. Dunedin - exact venue details disclosed upon registration.

For more information and to download the registration form click here
. Early registration is recommended.

St John of God Hauora Trust AGM
This annual general meeting will be held in Christchurch and is a chance to learn of the organisation's 2015-16 highlights. 
26th October, 5.45-6.30pm followed by drinks and catering. St John of God Waipuna, 349 Woodham Rd, Avonside, Christchurch.

RSVP to See more at
Download the flier here

Restorative Parenting Workshop
Jim McGrath will speak on the theory behind restorative parenting and there will be chances to ask questions and to hear a presentation on the UK's Restorative Parenting Programme.

17th November, 9am-3pm. Family Works, 3-5 George St, Thorndon, Wellington.
$250pp + GST.
Download the flier here. See the Family Works website for more information and email or call 04 439 4976 to register.

Professional Development Workshop
Brainwave Trust is hosting a 2-day workshop entitled 'Neuroscience Extension Training (NExT)' for those wishing to understand more about the importance of how brain development in the early years of a child's life is important for their health and well being throughout life. 
9am-5pm each day, 28-29 November, St Johns in the City, Cnr Willis and Dixon Streets, Wellington. 

$595pp + GST. 
Download the flier here and register online here. Enquiries to Places are limited. 

Information and Resources
Superu E-News 
Superu has released its latest E-newsletter, containing an update from the Chief Executive Clare Ward and reports on recent seminars as well as information on ones still to come. If you're not yet subscribed to Superu's E-newsletters, click here


Job Vacancies

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Pregnancy Help - National Executive and x2 Board Members

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