MP for Aoraki
7 December 2005
Volunteers put off by red tape
National MP Jo Goodhew says the goodwill of many voluntary workers is being tested by the red tape Labour has imposed on
She is commenting on Monday’s launch of Keeping it Legal: E Ai Ki Te Ture, an online resource aimed at helping community
and voluntary groups understand their legal obligations.
Mrs Goodhew, who has particular interest in the community and voluntary sectors, says it’s ironic that volunteers are
now so tied up in red tape that the Government has had to put together a resource to help them manage their legal
“It’s great that Labour has finally recognised the problems its red tape has created for the voluntary sector, but the
fact that it takes four brochures and 17 fact sheets to help volunteers and community groups grapple with their
responsibilities speaks volumes.
“I was horrified by the admission of Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Winnie Laban, that because
legislation is so frequently changing, the resource will only be available online. Threats of further change will only
create further uncertainty in the minds of volunteers.
“This is an admission by the Government that life for the community and voluntary sectors is far too complicated. It is
my belief that the best way forward is to unravel the maze by looking at the legislative requirements on these groups.
Less government is better government.”
Mrs Goodhew says the voluntary sector has real difficulty recruiting dedicated helpers, and Labour looks set to make
that worse, rather than better.