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MPs Set For Volunteer Duties

MPs from all over the country will be taking on volunteer duties over the next week as a gesture to the International Year of Volunteers.

Minister of Internal Affairs Hon George Hawkins said he is delighted more than 50 MPs are going to take part in the Volunteer challenge.

“The idea is for MPs to spend at least four hours helping out in our communities,” George Hawkins said.

“Not only will this give MPs a greater appreciation of the wonderful work carried out by volunteers, but it is also hoped we will encourage other New Zealanders to follow our example.”

The MPs volunteer challenge is also timed to help publicise Volunteer Awareness Week which runs from March 11 to 17.

“For example, my Cabinet colleague and karate exponent Mark Burton will be helping out at the NZ Ironman Contest while I will be doing volunteer work painting out graffiti in my Manurewa electorate.

"The challenge is meant to be “fun and meaningful” and the MPs’ voluntary duties will reflect this," George Hawkins said.

(People wanting further information about Volunteer Awareness Week should contact their local Volunteer Centre as listed below).

Volunteer Centres Contact Details - phone and email contacts
Auckland, ph 09 520 7009, aucklandvolunteer@kiwilink.co.nz
Canterbury, ph 03 366 2442, CanterburyVolunteerCentre@xtra.co.nz
Dunedin, ph 03 477 1611, dvct@ihug.co.nz
Nelson, ph 03 546 7681, nvc@ts.co.nz
South Taranaki, ph 06 764 8034
New Plymouth, ph 06 759 8955
Waikato, ph 07 839 3191, volunteeringwaikato@xtra.co.nz
Waihi, ph 07 863 6866
Wellington, ph 04 499 4572, volunteercentrewellington@xtra.co.nz
Whangarei, ph 09 430 7491

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