National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week will be June 21 – June 27 2015.


National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2015 will be held from 21 and 27 June.

NVW is a fantastic chance to celebrate the invaluable knowledge, skill and time contributions given by Aotearoa’s past and present volunteers.

This year’s theme is “There is a place for you to volunteer” or “he wahi mohou hei tuao” which highlights the diversity of volunteer opportunities, volunteers themselves, and the impacts of volunteering.

Throughout NVW, New Zealanders recognise the critical impact all kinds of volunteering have within communities. Volunteers should be appreciated, mobilised, motivated and encouraged during this week and indeed year-round. It is important to celebrate volunteerism and the place it has in keeping our communities strong and healthy.

Through NVW we also want to encourage those who have not yet found their place in the volunteer community to seek it out and be aware that contributions can be both big and small. Regardless of how much or how little skills, time and experience one has to offer, there will always be a place to volunteer.

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National Volunteer Week 2014

National Volunteer Week will be June 15 – 21 2014.


Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata.
With your contribution and my contribution the people will live.

Each year Volunteering New Zealand announces the theme and provides a basic resource kit to assist its member organisations with local and organisational celebrations.

The whakataukī (Maori proverb) refers to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. It suggests that if we pool our ideas, with equal respect for all parties, we will get a superior result and everyone will benefit. VNZ has selected this proverb to encourage individuals to bring together their own skills, knowledge, and experience to share via volunteering and benefit the wider community.

The whakataukī refers to the three Baskets of Knowledge in Maori legend. Human life and knowledge were said to originate in the realm of Ranginui, the sky father. In one tradition, the god Tāne climbed to the citadel Te Tihi-o-Manono in the highest of the 12 heavens. There he received the three baskets of knowledge: te kete-tuauri (basket of darkness), te kete-tuatea (basket of light) and te kete-aronui (basket of pursuit).

There are several interpretations of what each basket represents. For this campaign, VNZ encourages promotion of these key themes inspired by the baskets from the whakataukī:
  • Kete-tuauri, basket of darkness: Volunteering provides outlets for people to grow, feel valued and contribute to communities with the experience they seek and share.
  • Kete-tuatea, basket of light: Volunteering provides a way to contribute your skills and allow organisations to benefit from volunteers.
  • Kete-aronui, basket of pursuit: Volunteering provides the energy for people to strive for goals and build stronger communities for our future generations.


National Volunteer Week 2013