The world of volunteering is constantly evolving and as a leader of volunteering in New Zealand VNZ is taking up the challenge to facilitate and distribute new research, ideas and more on the world of volunteering.

We have delivered a range of online learning events delivering a mixture of presentation and conversation style information. Our guest presenters are leading national and international speakers, exploring topics on volunteering to help you better lead, manage and develop your volunteer workforce.

International Volunteer Managers Day – Reflections and research

Volunteering New Zealand presented key themes from the State of Volunteering 2020, and the 2021 Wellbeing Hauora sector report on the impact of Covid on volunteering. Also included a very brief sneak preview of the State of Volunteering research 2022. Delivered November 2022.

Recognising and celebrating the contribution of Pacific peoples

Dr Halahingano Rohorua, from the Ministry of Pacific People, shares key insights from The Pacific Economy Research Report on Unpaid Work and Volunteering in Aotearoa.

Delivered June 2022.

Youth participation in governance volunteering panel discussion

What are we seeing, what is working? Rose Hiha-Agnew (Community Governance New Zealand) facilitated a panel discussion with Michelle Huang, Donald McIntosh and Dante Dawes.

Skills from volunteering and job hiring process

Kat Hudson, from Seek Volunteer talks about how skills from volunteering are valued by hiring managers and can help with your career journey.

Let’s Talk about Volunteering and Youth

Reflections from young leaders working in the voluntary sector about the future of volunteering and youth, facilitated by Tania Jones. Panellists are: Teana MacDonald, Joanna Li, Chantelle Coby and Matthew Goldsworthy.

Volunteering to Learn

To mark Student Volunteer Week, our first speaker Professor Kirsten Holmes of Curtin University explores the Volunteering to Learn study . This was the first study to examine all stakeholder perspectives involved in university student volunteering: students, universities, program managers, host organisations and voluntary sector peak bodies.

The power of volunteering – Transformation opportunities

Penny Harrison, Director of Volunteering at Australian Red Cross presents two case studies she is involved in:

  • using technology to test new ways for people to volunteer
  • opportunities to transform corporate volunteering

Volunteering Statistics in NZ – Turning data into powerful information

Scott Ussher, Manager of Income and Poverty at Stats NZ presents on the various volunteering statistics Stats NZ collects, including the TUS, HLFS, NPISA, Census, GSS etc. What all these acronyms mean for volunteering in NZ, now and into the future.

Assessing the impact of volunteering in your organisation

Stuart Garland, Training & Programmes Manager at Volunteer Ireland presents on volunteer impact assessment and volunteer strategy.

Do our volunteers make a difference?

Kylee Bates, Chief Executive Officer at Ardoch and President of IAVE,  joins us for our webinar “Do our volunteers make a difference?”

Supporting volunteers in times of grief or trauma

Lila O’Farrell, Senior Specialist Therapist, Mindfulness Educator & Interfaith Chaplain, shares best practice and practical techniques to help you support your volunteers who deal with crisis and trauma. While this webinar was designed with the organisations and volunteer managers responding and supporting victims and their families in mind, in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attacks, this will also be very relevant for those of you whose works deals with other forms of trauma.

Engaging Young Volunteers: Stories, Lessons, and Insights

In this webinar, Johann Go – award-winning youth volunteer, VNZ Programme Advisor and Oxford Rhodes Scholar – shares some stories, lessons and insights about engaging young volunteers. Drawing on his experiences in youth volunteering in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the interactive webinar explores how organisations can effectively recruit, retain and recognise young volunteers.

 NZSAR volunteering findings

Find out about the state of volunteering in search and rescue in NZ and the broader implications across the sector.

Empower volunteers, expand impact

Helga Wientjes and Moana Uerata-Jennings from Cancer Society of New Zealand share what can be achieved if your organisation adopts a volunteer-led staff supported culture.