Kaiaua Compass Column July 2015

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

I really enjoyed the opportunity of hosting a meeting at the Miranda Shorebird Centre along with my colleague, Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation and Minister for Senior Citizens.

Maggie was in the electorate for a full day of activities. She made a number of announcements including a fresh approach to saving our national bird, the kiwi, from extinction with confirmation of a new $11.2m investment in an independent trust called Kiwis for Kiwi. These funds will be distributed to existing and new kiwi protection groups to encourage kiwi breeding programmes.

I am very excited about how the Department of Conservation has become a more collaborative organisation and the way it interacts with the community generally. More than 15,000 people participated in Department of Conservation volunteer programmes last year, working an estimated 35,149 work days. On top of this DOC ran more than 600 partnerships last year with community conservation groups. 

Our local communities are stronger because of volunteers. The recent “Volunteer Week” was an opportunity to celebrate our many volunteers and the dedicated work they do. Our communities wouldn’t function without the selfless devotion of so many public spirited people.

Volunteers invest their time, effort, and energy into making New Zealand a better place for us all to live.

They also improve the strength and resilience of our communities, while making a significant economic contribution.

When I meet with volunteers around the electorate I am inspired by their passion and vision. Thank you one and all.

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Please note I’ve set up a linked telephone number for Kaiaua & Mangatangi (09) 232 2588 to provide a free calling telephone number for local people. The number will be answered in my Thames office. Please never hesitate to be in touch with me if you’d like to meet with me or just share your views on issues of the day.