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This page contains information about the volunteer sector working within our community.
Updated: 18/04/2018 2:58 p.m.

​The role of volunteers in our community is often underestimated or overlooked.

Thousands of volunteers work quietly behind the scenes in Whangarei and often do not receive the recognition they deserve.

Volunteers are creating positive change in our community on many fronts including education, community health care, community safety, sports and recreation, heritage and arts, environmental protection and advocacy, search and rescue and volunteer fire fighting. 

How volunteers help us

We work in partnership with volunteers and community groups to provide a range of core services to the community.

  • Blue Club – approximately  50 volunteers scan the city’s CCTV
  • Summer Safe programme – approximately 100 volunteers help keep local tourist destinations safe
  • volunteers assist with hosting large international events such as the Rugby World Cup
  • volunteers assist with events that support the local economy such as Rally NZ
  • Settlement Support is dependent on volunteer help
  • support from volunteers is invaluable in the running of our libraries - assisting with shelving and book repairs as well as providing a genealogical service to patrons. The community libraries are all run by volunteers
  • all sporting organisations are run by volunteers
  • volunteer community groups carry out planting and noxious weed control in areas such as those at Whangarei Heads, Parua Bay and Waipu
  • ushering and other support services at events at Forum North are provided by volunteers. 

Opportunities to become a volunteer

For school leavers, volunteering provides the opportunity to be more work ready by developing skills for future employment.

For others, volunteering is a meaningful way of connecting to the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or your organisation wishes to engage volunteers then visit the Volunteering Northland website by following the link below.

Volunteering Northland (Opens in a new window)



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