The Green Party supports a strong, independent Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary sector contributing to enhance Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, environmental, cultural, physical, spiritual, and economic wellbeing.

Funding for the community and voluntary sector should allow it to thrive

  • Funding should be increased with multi-year funding for ongoing programmes.
  • Accountability is important. Reporting and evaluation requirements should be realistic, flexible, and proportionate to the amount of funding.
  • The tax regime and compliance costs should assist the sector to thrive and innovate.

Communities should not have to rely on gambling revenue

  • Communities and local councils should have the ability to phase out all pub pokies in their neighbourhoods and grants should be established to replace their revenue.
  • Casinos and gambling premises should be required to distribute a fair proportion of their revenue to community groups, in a transparent and accountable way.

Government should not infringe on the sector’s independence

  • Government should facilitate and fund a sector-led review, which leads to the development of a Code of Practice.
  • Charities and the sector should be able to advocate for causes, without threats to their funding or charitable status.
  • Public funding should not be tied to political motives or reporting practices that raise privacy or human rights concerns.

“Volunteering” deserves better recognition and respect

  • Government policy structures should recognise that volunteering means different things to different people, and there is are different cultural contexts to volunteering.
  • Tangata whenua, iwi, and hapū have a right to define what “community & voluntary sector” means to them.
  • Volunteer work should not be used to replace paid work.

Government should actively support community economic development

  • Government should be supportive of community economic development initiatives like time banking, community banking and credit unions, local currencies, and transition towns.
  • The regulatory environment should support the maintenance and development of local markets including crafts and farmers' markets.
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