Our Mission, Vision and Values


Our Mission Statement

Volunteering Otago seeks to celebrate, support, highlight and motivate volunteering in the Otago community organisations that rely on volunteers by connecting them with people who are willing to offer their skills and energy. We provide training, advice, advocacy, resources and recognition for individuals and community organisations involved in volunteering.

Our Vision

Supportive interdependent communities where volunteering is recognised and respected, is life-enhancing for the individual, and advances the common good.

Our Values


We empower people to achieve rewarding and beneficial volunteering experiences for them and the community. We empower organisations to provide rewarding and beneficial volunteering experiences for people in the community.


We recognise the diversity of volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations and are open to everyone.


We act ethically, openly and transparently in all that we do.

Common Good 

We work for the common good of the community.

Meet our Board of Trustees


Paul Naidu

Paul has been involved in the community sector for several decades. He has been on Executive Committees and volunteered for several community organisations. Paul has a graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management and has excellent understanding of community issues. He is passionate about the community and empowering organisations and individuals.


Marieke Mahoney

I have reecently moved to Dunedin with my young family and have joined the board of Volunteering Otago as I believe strongly in the benefits of volunteering for organisations, individuals and the wider community within which we live. I have completed my MBA at the University and worked in a variety of commercial roles in Germany and New Zealand.

Maree Horlor

Maree is a technical writer with a flair for writing grants applications. Her role for Volunteering Otago is in funding. As a remote board member, she skypes into meetings, works via email and uses online collaborative tools like Google Docs. Her favourite volunteer activities are around habitat restoration, either in Wanaka or up in Christchurch where she has spent some time.

Meet our Staff


Graham Copson, Manager

Graham Copson


Graham was born in the UK, but grew up and studied in Dunedin.  He has worked in the education, IT and volunteer sectors both in New Zealand and internationally.



Claire Van Loon Sim

Supported Volunteering Coordinator & Office Volunteer Coordinator
Claire is a kiwi born of English and Dutch heritage. Working in the Health and Disability field since she was a teenager Claire began working with volunteers in the mid 1990’s.


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Grant Treanor

Account Manager
Originally born and bred in Otago. Returned to Dunedin after 10 years in Wellington. My background is in the Courier industry and The Department of Internal Affairs.

Nola Crewe

Front Office
I enjoy meeting people of all ages and backgrounds and this role varies in tasks which is interesting. The team are welcoming and the atmosphere is great. Come along and see what we have to offer.

Graham Patterson

Front Office
I have the pleasure of working in the office at Volunteering Otago each Wednesday. I can also be found most Thursdays at Volunteering Otago’s promotional table at the public library. Why don’t you call in and see me and I can help you get connected with some rewarding community based volunteer work where you can meet like-minded and interesting people?

Hugh Newbury

Database Support
I was born in Dunedin and have been volunteering at Volunteering Otago since 2014. Prior to this I had been teaching English in Taiwan for 6 years. I enjoy helping people find volunteer roles.

Harue Shoji

Front Office / Database Support
I’m passionate about helping people. I have been getting involved in the community in recent years and very much enjoy it. It’s such a great feeling to achieve jobs so people are happy.

Michella Van Nugteren

Front Office / Database Support
I have lived in Dunedin all of my life. I really like helping people and the team here are really friendly.

Sarah Jones

Front Officer
It is a lovely team here at Volunteering Otago – really good people to work with. I enjoy working with volunteers. It is great to meet local people and contribute to their community and international visitors who so often choose to give their skills during travels.

Finley Horsefield

Front Office
Finley recently join our front office team here at VO.

Volunteering Otago
Contact Us
Our location
Volunteering Otago, Level 1, Dunedin, Community House, 283-301 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016