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

 


$3.6 million to strengthen community relationships

$3.6 million to strengthen community relationships

The important work of community and voluntary groups is being recognised with the setting up of a Community and Voluntary Sector Office in the Ministry for Social Development.

The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Tariana Turia, said community, voluntary and tangata whenua groups link people and their needs to government and its policies and services that meet those needs.

“It is important to this government that the relationship is based on trust, and that these groups have access to government decision-making, and that is why we have set up the Community and Voluntary Sector Office,” she said.

The office will receive $1 million this year, and $1.3 million for each of the following three years. These amounts include $3.59 million of new funding (and all include GST).

The office will strengthen community, voluntary and tangata whenua organisations and their relationships with the government, and in particular, will provide a strong voice for the sector in government decision-making.

“The office will provide a central policy contact point in the government for community and voluntary organisations, and provide cross-sectoral policy advice to promote the role of the community and voluntary sector in building strong and vibrant communities.

“As well as picking up on critical issues for the sector, and ensuring their interests are considered in policy making, the office will also support development of strategic leadership within the community and voluntary sector.

“The office will be accountable to the vote minister, Steve Maharey, for its funding and performance, and to me as responsible minister for its work programme and priorities,” said Tariana Turia.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news