National Volunteer Week 2016 June 2016


National Volunteer Week, 19-25 June 2016

Each year New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to social development, the economy and the environment.
This year, the week focuses on time through the following two sayings:

  • Make time - Whai whā
  • Thanks for making time - Kia ora mō tāu whai whā

The 2016 campaign is therefore a call to action. We believe that for volunteering to flourish, and the various benefits of volunteering to be realised, people and volunteer organisations are increasingly going to need to make time, now and into the future.

This year’s theme recognises that volunteering can fit into a busy schedule and that there are volunteering opportunities suitable to people’s individual needs and commitments. People who are volunteering this week include:

  • Brent Eastwood (Chief Executive Sport Northland) volunteering at RoadSafe Northland
  • Debbie Evans (CEO Kaipara Community Health Trust) volunteering at Dress for Success
  • Rob Forlong (CEO WDC) volunteering at Quarry Arts Centre
  • Sjoerd Post (CEO Refining NZ) volunteering at Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Kate Malcolm (Owner Dive Tutukaka) volunteering at Idea Services
  • Kathryn Ross (GM Strategic Planning & Policy FNDC) volunteering at Hospice Mid-Northland
  • Craig Cooper (Editor Northern Advocate) volunteering at Food for Life
  • Eru Lyndon (Regional Commissioner for MSD) volunteering at Literacy Whangarei
  • Maggie Dixon-Lester (Director Maggie Dixon Real Estate) volunteering at Cancer Society
  • Malcolm Nicolson (Chief Executive NRC) volunteering at BOI Vintage Railway
  • Nikki Davies-Colley (Chair Northpower Ltd.) volunteering at North Haven Hospice
  • Graham B Wallace (Chief Executive Marsden Maritime Holdings) volunteering at Whangarei Budgeting Service