Parliament

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

 

Strengthening Our Communities

7 March 2001 Hon Jim Anderton Speech Notes


Speech notes for Hohepa Canterbury Homes fundraising launch

4.30 pm Tuesday 13 March 2001

23 Barrington Street
Christchurch

I am honoured to be asked here today to officially launch the campaign to raise funds for building new facilities for Hohepa Canterbury.

One of the strong motivations that led me to enter politics was a concern that all New Zealanders were given the opportunity to lead as successful and fulfilling lives as possible.

This means ensuring security and opportunity for all of us regardless of our incomes, backgrounds or capabilities.

One issue that generates a significant amount of traffic through my Wigram electorate office is facilities and support for people who have intellectual and physical disabilities.

Family after family has come to me in desperation because they have not been able to get adequate help or care for a family member who has different needs than most other New Zealanders.

In the last 20 or so years while the income gap between the haves and the have-nots has increased, the burden of poverty has been pushed onto those who are least able to bear it.

People with disabilities and their families have had to work harder than other families. However they have been supported by dedicated professional staff and institutions such as those of Hohepa Canterbury.

I am impressed with you and your work. You have opened your doors and your hearts to people who were de-institutionalised by government policies. Your resident and day pupil numbers have risen dramatically from when you started and when I first visited you. Rather than turning people away you want to improve your facilities to cater for more who need the help you can provide.

One thing that strikes me about your work is your unwaivering dedication to people with intellectual disabilities, and your commitment to partnerships to achieve your goals.

I see in your newsletters you work with other professional groups, and you involve the families of your residents and day pupils. I am impressed with your approach to fundraising and the co-operative style you are developing to raise money.

I know we cannot solve our problems and address issues by working in isolation. Partnership is the way you are achieving your aims here at Hohepa, and partnership is a cornerstone of this Government's work to improve the standard of living for all New Zealanders.

As a nation we need to work together to create the New Zealand we want.

It is partnership that founded this Government. Labour and the Alliance work together. We also work with other parties to govern this country.

We meet and listen to business, local authorities, iwi, communities and individuals in order to fulfil our commitment to rebuild New Zealand.

One of the major goals of this Labour Alliance Coalition Government has been to deliver on what we promised. A government that delivers on its promises is something New Zealanders have not been used to and has been hard for many to believe would ever exist again. But that is exactly what we have set out to do.

We have increased benefits and superannuation. We have restored income-related rents for houses and we are lowering the level of unemployment.

I continue to be impressed at Kiwis determination and innovation to do better.

Hohepa Canterbury today launches a programme to raise $1.5 million dollars. You are going to build a new recreation centre and to make a range of other changes to your facilities which are now too small for your excellent work.

Like me the timeframe you have is three years. Personally I want more than three years while you would probably like to do it in a lot less.

I have been impressed with the business like manner in which you are setting out to achieve your objectives and the partnerships you are creating to make this a reality.

Your Fundraising Management Team is committed and organised. I have seen some evidence of the ways they have broken your target down to manageable and staged bites to make it more achievable.

The proposals you have put together show a realistic understanding of what is possible and how you will achieve what you need.

The materials I have seen from your fundraising team show discipline and some great ideas.

I wish you all the best for this visionary effort. I welcome your commitment to making your residents and day pupils lives better.

You are making families and New Zealand better and I am proud you are in my electorate just down the road from where I live.

I look forward to returning here in a little over three years.

At that time, I hope to be able to open your new facilities and compare again what we have all achieved in the intervening years.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels