Week cel­e­brates the hours spent by Kiwi vol­un­teers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

‘‘Ev­ery vol­un­teer

has

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.

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