Week celebrates the hours spent by Kiwi volunteers
Volunteers across New Zealand will be in the limelight during National Volunteer Week from Sunday to June 22.
Volunteer-involving organisations will recognise the millions of hours volunteers give to their communities.
Volunteering New Zealand chief executive Vanisa Dhiru says volunteers are the backbone of our society.
‘‘National Volunteer Week is an amazing opportunity to celebrate everything volunteers contribute to New Zealand. Volunteers make our communities tick.’’
The theme for the week is He Tangata! He Tangata! He Tangata! which means it is people, it is people, it is people. The phrase refers to a Maori proverb asking what the most important thing in the world is.
a great story,’’ Miss Dhiru says. ‘‘National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate these people.’’
The week was previously known as Volunteer Awareness Week but the change in name is far more than a rearrangement of words.
‘‘It signifies a true celebration of the volunteerism in our communities and projects people gift their time to.’’
A Statistics New Zealand General Social Survey 2008 estimates a third of New Zealanders volunteer.