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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Guy: Speech to Federated Farmers 2015 Annual Conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

Good morning and thank you all for the opportunity to speak to your annual conference here this morning. Read more »

IHC Art Awards open in explosion of colour

Press Release – IHC

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Questions and Answers – July 2

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

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Press Release – Community Housing Aotearoa

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Press Release – New Zealand Government

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Johnsonville Homicide

Press Release – New Zealand Police

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Community housing provider concerned at Government

Press Release – Habitat for Humanity

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Fletcher to bring 2,200 people back to central Christchurch

Press Release – Fletcher Building

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Housing Trust welcomes resolution to tax issue

Press Release – Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust

Yesterday the Government announced plans to introduce new tax legislation to give certainty to community housing providers assisting low-income families into home ownership. The new legislation will provide tax exemption for approved community … Read more »

Public feedback sought on transition

Press Release – Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority

The acting chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), John Ombler, says he expects a healthy level of public feedback on the Draft Transition Recovery Plan for greater Christchurch, which was released today. Read more »