On 10 March 2018, we attended Culture Galore, in Ray Blank Park, a colourful celebration of cultural diversity in our city. Many Volunteering Canterbury member organisations were in attendance, and the weather and entertainment was spectacular!


On 9 March 2018, we held a stall at an event based at the Christchurch Art Gallery, which welcomed international students to Christchurch. We were charmed by the colourful underground car park and the presence of the Canterbury Crusaders!


On 7 March 2018, the Wainoni Avonside Community Trust celebrated the birthdays of two amazing ladies, Nancy (90) and Janice (88). They were each presented with a “Volunteer Recognition” certificate, acknowledging and thanking them for the tremendous work they do through the Trust and more broadly within their community. A very happy birthday ladies!

On 7 March 2018, the University of Canterbury held their annual Careers Fair. As always, Glenda attended the event to man our VolCan stand and promote volunteering among the huge crowd of students! We were particularly impressed by the innovation and fine example of corporate social responsibility by KPMG who decided this year to dispense with goodies for handouts and instead contribute the costs for those items to three charities: Sir Peter Blake Trust, KidsCan and Rainbow Youth.


On 2 March 2018, we held a Tautoko Network meeting, where Wendi and Julia from the Department of Internal Affairs talked to us about succession planning in not-for-profit organisations.

On 16 February 2018, a number of teams from the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce contributed a day of their time towards helping a number of local charities, including Rannerdale War Veterans’ Home, Ronald Macdonald House, St Vincent de Paul and YWCA Christchurch.


On 31 January 2018, the team from Vbase contributed a day of work tidying up in the Red Zone, for Avon Otakaro.


On 17 January 2018, a group of international students from Global Academic Ventures worked for the day doing a general tidy up in the Red Zone, for Avon Otakaro.


On 5 December 2017, Volunteering Canterbury hosted a picnic at Avebury House, to celebrate International Volunteers Day.


Our Outreach & Marketing Manager, Glenda Martin, recently attended the IAVE Conference (International Association for Volunteering Effort) in Kuala Lumpur, in November 2017. While there, she gave a very well-received presentation on the Power of Volunteering. She was also able to take in some of the local sights, and visit a centre for at-risk children.


Staff from IAG volunteered at St Vincent de Paul, in November 2017.


On the 5 November 2017, we celebrated International Volunteer Managers’ Day with a visit to the Al Noor Mosque here in Christchurch.


Volunteer Centre Network Assocation (VCNA) Hui, 1 November 2017. Managers from the 17 centres across New Zealand met in Auckland for the annual Hui.

Staff from Fulton Hogan undertook a Group Volunteering day at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, in October 2017.


In September 2017, seven senior students from Christchurch’s Haeata Community Campus took up the helm to serve the weekly community lunch at Delta Community Trust.


120 TOP 10 Holiday Parks’ members gifted 140 hours of voluntary labour to six Christchurch charities, in August 2017.


On 19 June 2017 Volunteering Canterbury held our annual Volunteer Recognition Awards, honouring and celebrating volunteers who made an exceptional contribution to the community. Hosted by Newshubs’ Mike McRoberts, the event took place at the Civic Offices, where twenty-one individuals and three groups of volunteers received Awards.


Visitors to the Volunteering Canterbury office – Andrew Little in May 2017 and David Tua in July 2017.


Staff from Kiwibank undertook a Group Volunteering day planting seedlings, in February 2017.

Kiwibank volunteers in the field