Health and Safety Governance Training Opportunity

NZDSN secured a contract to provide free health and safety training for a limited number of disability support service providers. Why Health and Safety?  There are obligations on Board members and CEOs under the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAW Act).  These obligations sit on top of the obligations to provide a quality support …

Care Workers Deserve A Proper Wage Boost, And Government Needs To Fund It

Comment by Peter Reynolds, CEO New Zealand Disability Support Network “The government’s below-inflation minimum wage increase will make life harder for disability care and support workers, for disability support providers to recruit staff and ultimately the disabled Kiwis they care for,” said New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. Disability support providers deliver much-needed support to hundreds of …

No Christmas present for disability workers in Mini Budget

The disability sector had hoped to see a commitment from the Government to fund pay equity for care and support workers in today’s Mini Budget, but has been left empty-handed, says New Zealand Disability Support Network CEO Peter Reynolds. “The 65,000 Kiwi care and support workers deserve fair pay for the help they give to …

New data shows disability providers under extreme pressure to deliver contracted support

New Zealand Disability Service Network media release 20 December 2023 New data shows disability service providers are struggling to meet demands for their services, and over a third are operating at a loss, meaning there are no guarantees for disabled New Zealanders seeking support. A December New Zealand Disability Service Network member survey showed: Alarmingly, …

NZ Disability Support Network First Meeting With New Disability Issues Minister, Hon Penny Simmonds

 Jonathan Mosen (NZDSN Chair), Fletcher Tabuteau (Capital GR) and Peter Reynolds met with Minister Simmonds for 15 minutes Tuesday morning.  Also attending was Amanda Bleckmann from Whaikaha. We didn’t go through the BiM in detail, although noted the Minister had been through our document, made notes and had a number of questions. We commented that …

NZDSN Opinion: As the government repeals fair pay agreements, the pressure is on to finally settle pay equity claims, Peter Reynolds writes.

Otago Daily Times: The worry of wage expectations under a new government 18th December 2023 To date, there have been no Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) claims in the disability sector. Their removal was predictable, as it was well-signalled ahead of the election. The repealing of the FPA legislation and suspension of any funding towards FPA …