The Society of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand claims justice for the poor and works to influence social and economic systems to bring about positive change. We use the voice and good name of the Society to speak out on issues of justice and social conditions and address these concerns to both political and social institutions to effect change. We work with national politicians, Ministry of Social Development and national and Catholic media to identify issues affecting the poor.
In 2006 the National Council resolved to work alongside Caritas to combine practical grassroots experience together with analysis and research, to respond to Social Justice issues within New Zealand.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul in collaboration with Caritas has facilitated research into issues relating to social justice advocacy, submissions to the Select Committee including joint letters and statements on power disconnections, loan sharks and poverty. The Society of St Vincent de Paul and Caritas have also worked in partnership on the emergency response to the Christchurch earthquake
2006 Submission on Tax Incentives for Giving to Charities
Submission on Minimum Wage and Remuneration Amendment Bill
Submission on Easter Sunday Trading Bill
2007 Submission on the Immigration Bill
Submission on the Budget Policy Statement
2008 Submission on Discussion Documents on Easter Trading and Holidays Legislation
2009 Submission on the Corrections Amendment Bill
2010 Submission on the Social Assistance (Future Focus Bill)
Submission on Responsible Lending Bill
2009 Letter to Hon Trevor Mallard on Power Disconnections
2010 Letter to Hon Bill English on Proposed Tax Changes
Letter to Hon Paula Bennett on Welfare changes and Welfare Working Group
Letter to Hon Katrina Shanks on the Future Focus Bill