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Monday, 16 June 2014

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is celebrated around New Zealand from the 15-21 June, and this year’s theme “Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te tangata; With your contribution and my contribution the people will live”, captures the importance of volunteering as a fundamental building block of society.

About a third of all New Zealanders get involved in their communities through volunteering for an organisation – providing millions of volunteer hours each and every year – helping our country to function, contributing to the strength and resilience of our communities, and making a significant economic contribution.

We’re proud of New Zealand’s leading role in the efforts made by our volunteers – that’s why National is committed to initiatives including Community Organisation Grants (a government-funded community driven scheme to support community groups with a total of $12.5 million to distribute throughout New Zealand), the Community Internship Program, and are investing to support emerging social enterprises. National is committed to backing our kiwi volunteers through the Support for Volunteering Fund which distributes $502,000 each year to Volunteering New Zealand, regional volunteer centres, and volunteering projects.