Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


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

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news