National Volunteer Week celebrates the collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand.

National Volunteer Week 2019 runs from June 16-22. This year’s theme is ‘Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together’. Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave people and communities together.

Volunteering is a powerful movement. When we volunteer our time we send a message about what is important in our communities. This National Volunteer Week we celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa.

We celebrate everyone who creates connections in their own communities from the Marae to the Mosque, in our biggest cities to our most remote communities. We celebrate everyone who volunteers in times of crisis, in times of healing and everyone who makes time and space to walk alongside others.

Now more than ever, as a volunteering community we commit to manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga. We commit to caring, and to building meaningful, enduring and inclusive relationships across our differences and to make space for diverse voices.

We can create a diverse, inclusive, caring, kind and connected future. Join us this National Volunteer Week to stand together in our differences and choose to connect.

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