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


Community-Govt. relationship report recieved

22 July 2002

Maharey receives Community-Govt. relationship report

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Steve Maharey is promising that Labour in government will continue to strengthen the community and voluntary sector and improve its relationship with government.

Steve Maharey met with Community-Government Relationship Steering Group Chair Dorothy Wilson in Waitakere this afternoon to receive the group’s report. The Steering Group was established in September 2001 to work on practical ways of improving the relationships between the community sector and government agencies.

“Over one million New Zealanders undertake some form of voluntary work in their communities and over $1.3 billion of taxpayer and other funds is invested annually in the services provided by community sector organisations. It is vital that these organisations and government have the best possible working relationship.

“Labour is committed to a full consideration of the report’s recommendations. We want to take practical and workable steps that will make a real difference for people who work in the community sector.

“In line with Labour’s social security policy released recently, Labour in government over the next three years will:
- make government services more co-ordinated and more flexible - so that common-sense solutions are found for people when they need them;
- continue to invest in the community and voluntary sector;
- continue to improve funding arrangements for community organisations – so they can get on with their real work of helping people; and
- make it easier for volunteers to get on with the important work they do without unnecessary barriers from government.

“As we saw last year during the 2001 International Year of the Volunteer, community and voluntary organisations sit at the heart of our communities. Whether it be coaching school sports teams, delivering meals on wheels or providing budget advice - they provide the “glue” that holds our communities together.

“Labour stands ready to be an active partner with community and voluntary agencies so that they can get on with their essential work,” Steve Maharey said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news