Does Government understand what New Zealanders expect of it?

photo of dave HendersonDave Henderson
Manager, External Relations, Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Writing a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’ Draft Report on Social Services caused me to do some thinking about the relationship between government and the community and voluntary sector, how that is changing, and why.

It’s pretty clear in the ongoing confusion of ideas and announcements around the future of community housing that government is being forced by public opinion to take on responsibility for some things it is not ideologically comfortable with.


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Volunteers could end up paying the price of police vetting

Press Release – Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) expresses its concern today as it is revealed that no concessions have been made by the Law and Order select committee to provide exemptions for not-for-profits under the proposed The Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill. Read more »

Goodhew: Superu conference speech

Speech – New Zealand Government

E aku rangatira, tn koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. Read more »

Goodhew: Inclusive NZ Our Place Conference

Press Release – New Zealand Government

E aku rangatira, tn koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou. Read more »

Does Government understand what New Zealanders expect of it?

photo of dave HendersonDave Henderson
Manager, External Relations, Hui E! Community Aotearoa

Writing a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’ Draft Report on Social Services caused me to do some thinking about the relationship between government and the community and voluntary sector, how that is changing, and why.

It’s pretty clear in the ongoing confusion of ideas and announcements around the future of community housing that government is being forced by public opinion to take on responsibility for some things it is not ideologically comfortable with.


Read more »

Southern Cross to cover pharmacy surcharges for members

Press Release – Pharmacy Guild

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) appreciates the support Southern Cross Health Society is showing community pharmacy by reimbursing any surcharges their members with eligible policies have incurred from a pharmacy. Read more »

Government fees will hit charities hard

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals decision to ignore the concerns of charities will see the voluntary sector face hundreds of thousands of dollars in new costs if the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill passes, says Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector spokesperson … Read more »

Zero GP and Prescription Fees for Under 13s in Taranaki

Press Release – Taranaki District Health Board

From tomorrow, Tuesday 1 July 2015, all Midland Health Network general practices (GPs) in Taranaki will offer zero-fee visits for children under 13. Parents and caregivers of children under 13 will no longer need to pay the $5 charge for each … Read more »

Strengthening transport links across New Zealand

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the announcement a $13.9 billion investment partnership in New Zealands land transport system over the next three years. Read more »

Natural Resources Plan Provides Certainty for Resource Use

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council today approved a ground-breaking new Proposed Natural Resources Plan that sets out rules and guidelines for protecting and sustainably using natural resources in the region. Read more »

CRP seeks farmer capital to support local phosphate supply

Press Release – NZX

Chatham Rock Phosphate is embarking on a new round of capital-raising among the farming community to develop a local supply of phosphate. CRP is seeking to raise $766,000. Read more »