Responding to COVID-19

What we are doing

Volunteers perform a vital role in supporting Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is important to keep volunteers, and those they help, safe and well. It’s also important to coordinate our efforts so help reaches those who need it and no effort is wasted.

Volunteering New Zealand and the Volunteer Centre Network are working together to support safe volunteering at this time.

We can help:

Organisations offering volunteer support can email us on Information about accessing essential services is available here.

Guidelines for all levels

During the March and April lockdowns, we worked closely with the Volunteer Centre Network and the National Crisis Management Centre as part of our efforts we all made in the fight against COVID-19!  During that period a series of guidelines were issued centrally by the National Crisis Management Centre and New Zealand Government.

Alert Level 4 guidelines:

Alert Level 3 guidelines:

Alert Level 2 guidelines:

VNZ research – COVID-19 impact on volunteering

We are collating information on the impact of COVID-19 on volunteer organisations and volunteers.

Our sector feedback has been published as a series of reports:

Connect with your local Volunteer Centre

There are 17 regional Volunteer Centres around New Zealand. We are taking the details of people offering to help.The Volunteer Centre network has mobilised to take expressions of interest from those available to help during the pandemic. Each centre will be working within their own communities infrastructure, and with Civil Defence. Get in touch with your local centre to connect with opportunities to collaborate.

>> Connect with your local volunteer centre

Volunteering New Zealand’s resources

Our team is working from home and we are available through Zoom, email or phone, so please keep in touch. We need to hear from Volunteer Involving Organisations about the impact of COVID-19.

We have put all our new resources relating to virtual volunteering and responding in a pandemic in one place.

We also have a full suite of volunteer resources, with sections specifically on pandemic resources and virtual volunteering resources. These are updated regularly.

Michelle Kitney

We encourage you to get in touch if you want to share ideas and challenges during the COVID-19 response. You can contact Michelle Kitney, CE at VNZ, directly by email Michelle would love to hear from you. Also, please signup to our newsletter to receive our latest updates and information.