National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2015 is held from 21 and 27 June and is a fantastic chance to celebrate the invaluable knowledge, skill and time contributions given by Aotearoa’s past and present volunteers.

2015’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.  Volunteer-involving organisations use NVW to thank their volunteers and encourage people to join their volunteer communities. Regardless of how much or how little skills, time and experience one has to offer, there will always be a place to volunteer


An estimated 35% of New Zealanders participated in volunteering in the 2014 September quarter.

Of those surveyed, 59% percent of volunteers were female and 41% were male.

People between the ages of 30-39 contributed the most volunteer hours.

The average hours volunteered per week was 4hrs.

Since June 2013, the percentage of people surveyed who volunteered in New Zealand has generally trended upwards.

A 2013 survey found that 56% of volunteers felt that volunteering would help their career.

76% of respondents who were volunteers said they felt healthier due to volunteering.

96% of volunteers said that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose.