COVID-19 Volunteering Research


Volunteering New Zealand believes that reliable and accurate data about volunteering and COVID-19 is essential for effective leadership, advocacy and support of the community and voluntary sector. We are committed to advocating with and on behalf of the sector with quality data that highlights the value of volunteering in all its forms. 

Status of the Volunteering Sector: Post-COVID Recovery and Resilience, May 2021

Volunteering New Zealand’s report captures the challenges and opportunities faced by the volunteering sector as we move through the post-Covid-19 recovery period.
This report outlines our key findings and offers a series of recommendations for the sector’s recovery and improved resilience and preparedness for the future.

Voluntary sector feedback April – May 2020

During the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in April – May 2020, we collated information on the impact of COVID-19 on volunteer organisations and volunteers in a series of reports:

Time to shine, time to take stock, time to shape our future

A survey of Aotearoa New Zealand’s community sector on the impacts of COVID‐19

During the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in April – May 2020, we collated information on the impact of COVID-19 on volunteer organisations and volunteers in a series of reports:

This report details the findings of a survey of Aotearoa New Zealand’s tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector in May-June 2020 on the impacts of COVID-19 (as recorded in Levels 2 and 1 of lockdown 2020).

COVID-19 hauora/ wellbeing survey 2021

The survey of the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector is a follow-up and extension of last year’s survey. Over 600 organisations responded to a questionnaire in June-July 2021; and focus groups held with target communities.
The results will be shared by October 2021.

We anticipate keeping this page regularly updated as new resources and datasets become available.