Parliament

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

 

Celebrating our volunteers on International Volunteers’ Day


Celebrating our volunteers on International Volunteers’ Day

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Peeni Henare is celebrating International Volunteers’ Day today (5 December) and acknowledges the efforts of thousands of New Zealanders who volunteer for their communities each year.

“Many essential services in New Zealand are reliant on everyday volunteers, so it is important to recognise the contributions they make to their communities,” Mr Henare says.

International Volunteers’ Day is an initiative led by the United Nations, and this year’s theme is ‘Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere’ recognising volunteer efforts around the world and paying tribute to the support that volunteers provide in times of instability, disaster or crisis.

“New Zealanders are amongst the most generous in the world when it comes to volunteering and helping others, which not only has major benefits for local communities, but also gives volunteers valuable skills and experiences. Our volunteers make a vital contribution to New Zealand in many areas, including sports, culture and heritage, emergency and social services, education, the environment, and more. Volunteers spend approximately 157 million hours each year working throughout New Zealand.”

“Lending a helping hand and contributing to the greater good is what it means to be a Kiwi, so we should be proud to celebrate those who generously give their time and effort to help others,” says Mr Henare.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>

 

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>

ALSO:

Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>

ALSO:

eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels