What is Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of volunteer centres and national and other organisations with a commitment to volunteering


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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 purpose

We are kaitiaki of Mahi Aroha, empowering volunteers to enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.

The kaupapa that drives us:

  • Manaakitanga: We care, we nurture, we grow.
  • Whakawhanaungatanga: We build connections, and meaningful and enduring
  • Inspire by example: We are bold and enterprising.
  • High expectations: We set the bar high for ourselves and others.

Definition of volunteering

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain of any kind.

What is our plan?

You can read our strategic plan. This shows the work we have planned for volunteering over the coming years.
If you wish to discuss anything with us, get in touch.