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Ma tini ma mano
ka rapa te whai
By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished
National Volunteer Week -- Te Wiki Tūao a Motu | 16 -- 22 June 2013
THANKS ALSO TO ALL OUR FUNDERS:
Canterbury Community Trust, Christchurch City Council, COGS
(Community Organisation Grants Scheme), Community Trust of
Southland, Coupland's Bakery, D & N Malcolm Charitable Trust, Dunedin
City Council, Lois McFarlane Charitable Trust, Marlborough District
Council, Nelson City Council, United Way, Tasman District Council,
West Coast Community Trust, Z Energy.
Thank you to all our
wonderful volunteers for
their community work.
South Island Region
Central Otago, Gore,
Invercargill & Wakatipu offces
Andy Johnson from Coastguard Bluff
is one of 2,300 volunteers who give
their time to help save lives at sea with
Coastguard. Our volunteers are amazing;
on the water and in the air.
PEOPLE RESCUED BY
We thank our volunteers and their
families from the bottom of our hearts.
The Charity Saving Lives at Sea
Phone 218 3975
Multiple Sclerosis Society Inc.
We acknowledge the support and
assistance given by our
Victim Support, helping those in need
Why not consider volunteering to help those who desperately need it?
We asked ''H'', a volunteer who
works in a regular job 10 hours per
day, five days a week, to write
about her involvement as a volunteer with
Victim Support. Her passion for helping
others in the community is commendable
considering her busy life. She volunteers
at the weekend and makes phone
calls during the week.
Why did I join Victim
I wanted to do something different
and try and help people in need,
volunteers that I thought would fit
me, challenge me and I would fit
their needs, so I decided to apply.
How do I feel about it?
Initially I was called on to respond
with an experienced volunteer.
I feel good that we have provided
support where needed at a time
that it was needed and also by us
being there it allowed the police to
continue their work elsewhere
while we stayed behind to support.
I feel that Victim Support managers
and coordinators are taking good care of
the volunteers. I am also impressed with
the processes in place, the training and
how well the organisation operates.
Victim Support CEO, Tony Paine says
many of the peo-
ple Victim Sup-
port helps are
victims of crime -
people who have
very worst of
''It is great that a
big part of our
response is pro-
vided by volun-
teers -- good-
people who care
giving their time
and talents, they
demonstrate human nature at its very
best and help remind the people we
support that they do live in communities
where people care and will help each
other through very tough times,'' he says.
It is people, it is people
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is
New Zealand's largest celebration
of volunteering and civic partici-
The theme for 2013 NVW is: ''He
taˉ ngata, He taˉ ngata, He taˉ ngata!''
Translated as ''It is people, it is people, it
is people,'' this theme recognises the
life force of volunteering: the people.
Volunteers are creating positive change
on many fronts -- community health
care, sports and recreation, heritage
and arts, environmental protection and
advocacy, disaster relief, international
development, and volunteer fire fight-
ing -- the list is endless. The work of
volunteers is essential to building
resilient communities at home, and
around the world.
The need to support and get involved in
volunteering is important for basic civil
society to function -- from 'grass-roots'
volunteering to online volunteering. As
a nation we can build community
connections through helping out in our
It's about putting your communities
and energy into action, and getting the
impact we need to ensure all the
communities of Aotearoa thrive. Sup-
porting volunteerism and getting
involved means we need everyone to
be an active citizen and support their
communities for greater outcomes and
Volunteer Centres exist to facilitate
volunteering effort. They generally
operate in a similar way to recruitment
agencies, that is they try to match those
wishing to volunteer their time with
local not-for-profit organisations that
have vacancies for volunteer assistance.
There are 18 centres operating in New
Zealand, some that operate region-
wide. Phone 0800 VolCntr (0800 865
268) for your nearest centre.
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