Tūao Aotearoa Volunteering New Zealand is an association of volunteer centres, and national and regional organisations with a commitment to volunteering in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We started in 2001, the International Year of the Volunteer. The sector, Volunteer Centres and the Department of Internal Affairs were all part of our creation, and our purpose was to be a national voice for volunteering.

Constitution Strategic plan 2022-2025

Key moments in our history

Our aspiration for Aotearoa New Zealand

Volunteering is valued as part of who we are as a nation. We thrive and are enriched by the goodwill of volunteers in every community and their contribution and impact is recognised and supported.

Our aspiration for Volunteering New Zealand

A large and diverse membership and our strong partnerships with government, iwi/Māori, communities and business enable us to transform volunteering in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our constitution

We are an incorporated society, and a registered charity. Our constitution is a foundational document that sets out how we operate, and our membership function.

Uara | Values

•To care, nurture and grow | manaakitanga
• To build connections and enduring relationships | whanaungatanga
• To inspire by example | tūao
• To hold ourselves to the highest standard | whaiwhakaaro

Strategic plan 2022-2025

Our strategic plan sets out our strategic goals, and a road map to achieve these.

Definition of volunteering

Work done of one’s own free will, unpaid, for the common good.