05 December 2002
New Zealand’s Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Tariana Turia, today announced the release of the Government Policy on Volunteering at the Parliament to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD).
The policy includes the Government’s commitment to "ensure that volunteers have appropriate protection under law" and expects all government agencies to "take into account the needs of volunteers and their organizations, and the costs associated with volunteering, when developing policies and delivering services".
On the same occasion, Minister Turia presented medals to the Ministerial Advisory Group for the International Year of Volunteers (IYV).
Around New Zealand, several activities were held to celebrate volunteerism. Other volunteer-involved agencies and non-profit organizations that benefit from volunteer work commemorated IVD by giving tribute to volunteers’ contribution to community development.
The Cancer Society of New Zealand, for example, hosted an event to showcase their newly renovated garden completed by volunteers. Volunteer Wellington, a non-profit organization that provides voluntary work to some 250 communities in the capital, launched a book called "Good Work and No Pay".
The Waikato Volunteer Centre awarded 12 non-profit organizations for the Community Agency Excellency award. The Wellington Library held a special morning tea to thank 130 volunteers who delivered books to housebound clients. The Wellington IYV+5 Coordinating group organized the "Celebrating Volunteering" promotional display in the Central Library to inform the public about volunteerism and encourage them to join in volunteer activities.
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Read Hon. Turia's speech
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