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

“We have never worked so hard with so little. Challenging but hopefully with good outcomes.” – survey participant

The impacts of COVID-19 on business, employment and the economy are well-publicised. The impact on the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector has been equally felt and is now well documented. We have all the data we need to make some urgent decisions about reviving and reshaping the sector.

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).

The research is a partnership between the Centre for Social Impact, Hui E! Community Aotearoa, Philanthropy New Zealand, and Volunteering New Zealand.

We’re combining our voice with Inspiring Communities and their Shaping the future survey and report. Common threads are emerging in experiences being reported across the sector, in the desire to harness the power and potential of what was activated during lockdown, and in the will and enthusiasm to reshape the future alongside central and local government, philanthropy and the business sectors.

We will now be encouraging discussion and debate around next steps. We will be discussing the report findings within our networks, making recommendations for action and working with key influencers to achieve positive change.

“So many surveys – now some action please!” – survey participant

If you’re motivated to collectively drive change for the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, please contact us at office@volunteeringnz.org.nz.

THANK YOU. Your input is vital and will help VNZ:

  • be your voice to government
  • create and provide the best resources for your needs
  • study emerging challenges, opportunities, and trends in the sector.

Aroha ki te tangata, tiaki i te whenua, manaaki i ngā kaumatua – Love the people, care for the land, look after our elders – Dame Anne Salmond.