Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Grow Volunteers to Build Resilient Communities

Grow Volunteers to Build Resilient Communities This International Volunteer Day 2018

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December is a day to recognise and connect with the global volunteer movement. Over a million New Zealanders are part of the estimated one billion volunteers around the globe freely giving their time to make a difference on the issues that affect them and their communities.

From UN Volunteers bringing together youth and religious leaders to take action on gender equality, to the work of our award-winning Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade during the 2017 flooding. This year’s theme, ‘volunteers build resilient communities’ acknowledges the vital role of volunteers in preventing, preparing and responding to shocks and stresses and building resilience.

“It is on the ground, in our local communities, that we really see the unique impact of volunteers, often in the most difficult of circumstances” says Katie Bruce, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.

“Grow volunteers, build resilient communities” says Katie. “Without volunteers our country would be completely unrecognisable. That means we need to invest in better developing, training and recognising our volunteers and volunteer leaders.”

This theme closely resonantes with Sam Johnson, board member of International Association of Volunteering (IAVE) and founder of Student Volunteer Army (SVA) that embodied the spirit of resilience by mobilising thousands of student volunteers in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake. Sam says, “I just love volunteering. I have learned that people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels want to use their skills to help others. This International Volunteer Day I’m excited about creating new models and frameworks that enable people to volunteer.”

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of national volunteer-involving organisations that have a commitment to volunteering. Their mission is to maximise the impact of volunteering in our communities. www.volunteeringnz.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>


Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>


Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>


Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>


Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>


Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>




InfoPages News Channels