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. 

COVID-19 hauora/ wellbeing survey 2021

Just before Aotearoa went into its second nationwide lockdown in August 2021, we checked in with more than 600 tangata whenua, community and voluntary organisations to see how they were coping. Here’s what we found.

Community organisations are running on empty after 18 months of pandemic pressures, new research from Volunteering New Zealand and Hui E! Community Aotearoa shows.

The survey showed the sector is experiencing increased demand for its services from stressed communities. But the demand has not been met with increased funding from government and the philanthropic sector, and the challenges are starting to wear down workers and volunteers.

It was a follow-up of a 2020 survey which showed similar trends, and included focus groups with organisations caring for Māori, Pasifika, migrant and refugee-background, and disabled communities.

Leadership for Volunteering: The COVID-19 Experience

The report examines how COVID-19 has impacted the strategic leadership role of national Volunteer Leadership Organisations (VLOs) in advocacy, development and volunteer mobilisation during 2020-21. Data was gathered from organisations in 67 countries across the world.

Ongoing change and unpredictability are likely to be the hallmarks of the future of volunteering. However, relationships formed at the local, regional and multinational levels will continue to be important. Volunteer Leading Organisations will be influential in their strategic leadership role.

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).

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