Coromandel MP Scott Simpson: National Volunteer Week
EMBARGO June 15,
National Volunteer Week is underway
(June 15-21) and MP Scott Simpson is thanking hardworking
volunteers all over the Coromandel.
Mr Simpson says “We
have many dedicated people around the region who give their
time and energy to helping others. They’re saving lives,
cooking meals, planting trees, caring for animals, offering
support and advice – just to name a few.”
volunteer hours add up to a huge contribution to the
Coromandel. The tremendous work put in by volunteers helps
make our communities stronger, building happier and
healthier places to live,” he says.
Mr Simpson says
“About a third of New Zealanders get involved in volunteer
work; it’s a crucial part of what makes our small towns
and communities tick. Volunteers make up the very fabric of
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>