Choose to volunteer, connect and create change in your community

Volunteering is any activity that involves putting your unpaid time, energy and skills to work for the greater good.

New Zealand is a leading nation in the contribution made by volunteers. Statistics New Zealand’s latest quarterly Labour Market Statistics, highlights New Zealanders contribute a total of around 159 million hours of formal volunteer labour each year. The value of formal volunteering is estimated at $4 billion per annum.

Through volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action individuals can create positive change on many fronts – human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare, and community support development – the list is endless.

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