National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week – 2017

Each year New Zealand celebrates National Volunteer Week to recognise and celebrate the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers in areas as diverse as social development, the economy and the environment. We celebrate volunteers and the invaluable contribution they make to our communities.

‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteer service.

National Volunteer Week 2015

National Volunteer Week 2016 was on June 19 – June 25.
NVW is a fantastic chance to celebrate invaluable knowledge, skill and time contributions given by Aotearoa’s past and present volunteers.
Through NVW New Zealanders Recognise the critical impact all kinds of volunteering have within communities. Volunteers should be appreciated, mobilised, motivated and encouraged during this week and indeed year-round. It is important to celebrate volunteerism and the place it has in keeping our communities strong and healthy.

Through NVW we also want to encourage those who have not yet found their place in the volunteer community to seek it out and be aware that contributions can be both big and small. Regardless of how much or how little skills, time and experience one has to offer, there will always be a place to volunteer.

National Volunteer Week 2014

June 15 – 21.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata.

With your contribution and my contribution, the people will live.

Each year Volunteering New Zealand announces the theme and provides a basic resource kit to assist its member organisations with local and organisational celebrations.

The whakatauki (Maori proverb) refers to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. It suggests that if we pool our ideas, everyone with equal respect for all parties, we will get a superior result and everyone will benefit. VNZ has selected this provern to encourage individuals to bring together their own skills, knowledge, and experience to share via volunteering and benefit the wider community.

The whakatauki refers to the three Baskets of Knowledge i Maori legend. Human life and knowledge were said to originate in the realm of Ranginui, the sky father. In one tradition, the god Tane climbed to the citadel Te Tihi-o-Manono in the highest of the 12 heavens. There he received the three baskets of knowledge: te kete-tuauri (basket of darkness), te kete-tuatea (basket of light) and te kete-aronui (basket of pursuit).

There are several interpretations of what each basket represents. For this campaign,VNZ encourages promotion of these key themes inspired by the baskets from the whakatauki:

  •  Kete-tuauri, basker of darkness: Volunteering provides outlets for people to grow, feel valued and contribute to communities with the experience they seek and share.
  •  Kete-tuatea, basket of light: Volunteering provides a way to contribute to communities with the experience they seek and share.
  • Kete-aronui, basket of pursuit: Volunteering provides the energy for the people to strive for goals and build stronger communities for our future generations.