Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


New Zealand volunteers recognised this week

18 June 2012

New Zealand volunteers recognised this week

This week sees the contributions made by volunteers across New Zealand be recognised - events across New Zealand will be running to celebrate Volunteer Awareness Week. First events kick off in Lower Hutt and Johnsonville on Monday 18th June.

Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand, Vanisa Dhiru says “Volunteers are the backbone of our society. Volunteers contribute in so many ways, from ‘grass-roots’ volunteering to formal volunteering for an organisation to virtual volunteering online”.

New Zealand is leading a nation for involvement of citizens as volunteers. Data from Neilson Research estimated that 1,241,000 people volunteered in 2008, equivalent to 133,799 full time positions annually.

“We’re sure there are more hours being contributed – just not recorded. Think of all the volunteer hours contributed by marae volunteers, community fairs, resident associations, church groups and online networking – there is a lot of time that is not being recorded”.

Volunteers contribute millions of unpaid hours in many different ways. During Volunteering Awareness Week, events across the country are celebrating volunteers, and training volunteers. Volunteer awards are being held in Hamilton, Nelson, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch, volunteer parades and marches planned in Palmerston North and Gisborne, and a photo shoot of Marlborough volunteers are on the event schedule.

“The work of volunteers is essential to building resilient communities at home, online, and around the world… it’s about putting your communities and energy into action, and getting the impact we need to ensure all the communities of Aotearoa thrive. We want to make sure this week those 1.2 million volunteers in New Zealand get recognised, and we have more people come along and give some of their time” says Vanisa.

Volunteering Awareness Week this week marks New Zealand’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation. The theme this year is Building Communities Through Volunteering, which runs from June 17 to 23.

Organisations that involve volunteers are encouraged to celebrate Volunteer Awareness Week in 2012, and are welcome to download material from www.volunteeringnz.org.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Finance: Major Campaign To End "Gross Overtaxation Of Savings"

The campaign – which includes a special web site through which New Zealanders can e-mail their own and other MPs and party leaders – is backed by Age Concern, Consumer NZ, the Financial Services Council and the Taxpayers’ Union. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Leighton-Led WGP To Build, Manage Transmission Gully

The Wellington Gateway Partnership, led by a unit of ASX-listed Leighton Holdings, has won the $1 billion contract to build the Transmission Gully road north of Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Gareth Morgan: The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – Revisited

Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation... They found that the fresh water policy was a bit murkier than the Environment Minister let on. More>>

ALSO:

Interest Rates: RBNZ Hikes OCR To 3.5%, ‘Period Of Assessment’ Now Needed

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler raised the official cash rate as expected, while signalling a pause in rate hikes to assess the impact of moves so far this year. The kiwi dollar sank after Wheeler said its strength was “unjustified” and that the currency could have “a significant fall.” More>>

ALSO:

Fonterra: Canpac Site 'Resize' To Focus More On Paediatrics

Fonterra is looking at realigning its packing operations at Canpac, in the Waikato, to focus more on paediatric nutritionals... The proposed changes could mean around 110 roles may not be required at the site which currently employs 330. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Postie Plus Brand Gets 2nd Chance With Well-Funded Pepkor

The Postie Plus brand is getting a new lease of life after South Africa’s Pepkor bought the failed retailer’s assets out of administration and said it will use its purchasing power to reduce costs of stock and fatten margins. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news