Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


What will our community look like in 2011?

Media Statement
For Immediate Release

07 November 2008

Social Justice – What will our community look like in 2011?

Social justice is going to be a key issue in the next Parliamentary term, according to Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary sector organisations.

ComVoices, an independent coalition of Tangata Whenua, community and voluntary sector organisations, are urging New Zealanders to think about the big picture when they cast their vote this Saturday 8 November.

Therese Quinlivan, Director of Community Housing Aotearoa says the economic downturn combined with higher fuel and food prices was putting more and more pressure on families and communities.

“Families are under pressure to make ends meet and the effect is magnified on our children, our elderly, and those most at-risk and vulnerable.

“How we support these people now is going to define how our society looks in 25 years. That is why Sector organisations have been calling on all the political parties to articulate a measurable vision for our country.

“There is always a lot of rhetoric during an election campaign. What we need is some gutsy and quantifiable goals for improving social connectedness and cohesiveness. These are goals that we should be able to track and hold our decision makers accountable for in three years time.”

“Goals like ending child poverty by 2020, or ensuring people with disabilities are able to reach their potential, should be real, not theoretical,” Therese says.

Petra van den Munckhof, National Coordinator of Healthcare Aotearoa says that, regardless of the 8 November outcome, Sector organisations are going to be vital partners in delivering social justice outcomes in the future.

“New Zealand’s community and voluntary sector has been matching overseas trends, with more and more services being provided by Tangata Whenua, and community and voluntary sector organisations. The sector touches every New Zealander.”

In 2004, nonprofit institutions contributed $3.64 billion or 2.6 percent to New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP). That figure, combined with the value of the 270 million hours of volunteer labour, raises the contribution of nonprofit institutions to $6.95 billion or 4.9 percent of GDP. That’s similar to the contribution of the entire construction industry

Tim Burns, Executive Director of Volunteering New Zealand says it is heartening that all the political parties had issued specific policies covering the Community and Voluntary Sector during the lead-up to the 2008 campaign. This was not the case in the last election and demonstrates the importance of the Sector in delivering social justice in this country.”

“These policies matter to every New Zealander, whether they were members of a sports or recreational club or ever used a kohanga reo, Citizens Advice Bureau or an iwi-based service provider,” Tim says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election