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Sticking-Plaster Solution to a Problem with Charities Legislation

MEDIA RELEASE, issued Friday 3 July 2015. Government has decided on changes to the tax regime instead of dealing with the real issue, which is a problem with the Charities Act. The announcement that special tax provisions for charitable providers of community housing will be put through Parliament is like putting a sticking plaster on … Continue reading

Policing Volunteer Vetting Charges – Robbing Peter to pay Paul

MEDIA RELEASE, issued Thursday 19 February 2015.     “The proposal that Police should charge voluntary and community organisations for its vetting services, is robbing Peter to pay Paul” says Helga Wientjes, ComVoices Chair. “Many voluntary and community organisations are funded by the public, either through donations, through Government contracts or a combination of both. This … Continue reading

NCWNZ wins court case

MEDIA RELEASE issued 16 Dec 2014 ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board. Peter Glensor, ComVoices Chair says “The National Council of Women is to be congratulated for pursuing this case.  It … Continue reading

MANA’s policy priorities

MANA are fully behind the three recommendations that ComVoices are promoting.  I’ve attached a copy of our social wellbeing policy which includes a section on the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector. Dr Helen Potter, Senior Adviser/Researcher, MANA Party MANA POLICY STATEMENT Social Wellbeing MANA believes all people have the right to a life of dignity.  Adults … Continue reading

Communities Count 2 – Democrats for Social Credit Party Response

As social issues spokesperson for Democrats for Social Credit (DSC), I am glad to respond to your document Communities Count 2. As a party we are very concerned about the growing inequality in NZ. We support the activities and applaud the value of community organisations, and we agree that advocacy and Treaty-based policies are important to the effectiveness … Continue reading

Communities Count 2 – National Party Response

Summary of recommendations Leave No One Behind Acknowledge the underlying causes of poverty and inequality. We urge the Government to make the choice to reduce inequality by setting out aspirational goals, supported by long-term and short-term strategies.  This Government has a proven track record of putting children first by investing heavily in their health, housing, … Continue reading