Volunteering is central to the social development, economy and environment of New Zealanders.
Contributing 157 million hours of their time per annum through organisations, volunteers are a vital element of the non-profit sector and our wider economy, providing the equivalent of approximately $3.5 billion to the country’s gross domestic product.
There are many changes occurring within the volunteering sector making it essential that our sector remains well supported and future-proofed. The 2017 election provides an opportunity to look at how the Government can ensure volunteering remains a strong part of our nation’s identity.
Responses by the Parties
- Continue to support and encourage volunteers and volunteering and to grow the sector
- Work with the sector to formalise the rights and obligations of volunteers and volunteer
organisations, supporting stronger relationships
- Valuing volunteering: Budget 2017 provided a $2m boost over four years to the volunteering sector
- Supporting volunteers: by working with the sector to understand what is needed to better support volunteering
- “Support and encourage the culture of volunteering by honouring them including through NZ Honours, highlighting and communicating effective and inspirational volunteer people and projects
- Examine ways of setting up community cadetships which will expose a trainee to a range of workplaces across the sector
- Ensure MSD provide support funding to organisations willing to train or mentor job-seekers”
VNZ is pleased to include the following response from the Green Party:
“We agree with the Recommendations in the VNZ Election Manifesto. Many of them overlap with our existing policy. We look forward to working with VNZ and other volunteer organisations in Government to enhance the essential role of volunteers in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Below are some comments on the 4 areas in the Manifesto. More detail can be found in our Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary sector policy document.
The Opportunities Party
VNZ is pleased to include the following response from the Opportunities Party
“The Opportunities Party (TOP) is neither Left, nor Right, we are focussed on what works. The Right tends to favour private provision of services, the Left prefers public provision. TOP thinks the voluntary and community sector have a massive role to play that is overlooked by traditional dogma.”
VNZ is pleased to include the following response from The Māori Party:
“The Māori Party supports the work of Volunteer New Zealand and welcomes their Election Manifesto for 2017. We recognise the important role that formal and informal volunteering plays in building communities and providing social cohesion as well as service delivery…
VNZ is pleased to include the following response from the ACT Party.
“ACT strongly believes in the power of civil society and wants to empower volunteers and community groups to play a larger role in society. One of the most effective ways to do this is by cutting the government imposed red tape that is hampering volunteering.”
VNZ is pleased to include the following response from United Future.
“UnitedFuture supports the vital role that volunteer and community agencies play in our society. These agencies often have the expertise, networks and strong community focus to deliver services more effectively than government. We would work with the community and voluntary sector to create a forum for leaders of the sector, with the same function and gravitas as the Iwi Leaders Forum“.
New Zealand First
Volunteering New Zealand has emailed Ria Bond on Monday, 26 June 2017.
We will be publishing the New Zealand First Party response to our manifesto here once it has been received.