NZ First’s compulsory community service policy gets support from the volunteer industry

New Zealand First's potential policy of compulsory community service for ages 15-19 years old has been getting support from those in the industry.

A policy remit was passed during their recent Conference in Christchurch, gaining the support of a majority of its membership.

Party leader Winston Peters has been talking up the policy proposal of compulsory community service for teenagers.

"We're talking about putting some time aside for your country and your community. We'll get that policy up, and we'll see how it goes," he said of the potential policy.

The idea - in principle at least - is getting a tick from the Student Volunteer Army's Sam Johnson.

"I think anything the Government does to get more people off the couch into volunteering is a great thing and so I am certainly excited about the debate that is going to happen as a result of Winston's new policy," he told Seven Sharp.

Mr Johnson says the Student Volunteer Army currently has incentive-based volunteer schemes on offer and there is an appetite for them.

"Kids are wanting to volunteer their time but are lacking the framework to do it," he says.

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