This month's focus: Our Chair, Gillian Peacock talks about the change that's happening at Volunteering New Zealand.
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Message from the Chair
Gillian Peacock

Hello everyone
I wanted to update you on the exciting changes at VNZ.
By now, you will have heard about the appointment of Vanisa Dhiru to the role of Executive Director.
I was heartened by 40 applications from a wide range of very well qualified candidates. The Board applied a robust recruitment process – it was recruitment by committee and we managed to agree and identify seven candidates who could do the role before we put together a panel to interview the final shortlist.
I am pleased to welcome Vanisa to VNZ and will be working with her to ensure that the priorities that the VNZ Board have identified for the year are achieved.

Tim Burns left VNZ after more than six years service. Tim has left a legacy of strong sector relationships and as often happens when someone moves on the new person must forge their own relationships. Vanisa will be out and about getting to know as many of you as possible; she would also welcome you making contact with her.

The last year has been a challenge for VNZ financially. I personally have been relieved to have the support and expertise of Peter Davies, a qualified accountant. Peter was co-opted to the Board at the last AGM and has since been confirmed as a full Board member. We were able to do this when Lloyd Davies resigned earlier this year. We have recently appointed Paul Eagle to the Board as our Maori Board Member representative. Paul replaces Tyron Love who resigned soon after the AGM.

We also had challenges in presenting you with a successful conference. I can share with you all now that at the end of March we were in the unenviable position of having to decide to call off the conference or run at a loss. Up until this point we had not secured any sponsorship. I spent some time weighing what was the best approach and with the backing of the organising committee we changed the programme to include lessons learnt from the recent disaster in Christchurch. This gave us the opportunity to include other organisations in our conference which led to both speaking opportunities for those organisations and to sponsorship partnerships. I want to personally thank all of those kind sponsors who gave me their time and dug deeper to help us to achieve a financially viable conference. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Claire Teal’s secondment to VNZ finished in mid-July. Claire has accomplished an amazing amount in the six months that she has been on loan to VNZ from the Wellington Citizens Advice Bureau to drive the Managers of Volunteers project. She has extended and cemented relationships and got you all on board with the importance of this project. It is vital to our sector.

Last week at our Board meeting, the Board made the decision to include the work of the project as core VNZ business. We are working on our business plan to ensure we achieve the outcomes of the project. Once we have this plan and a timeline in place we will create a role at VNZ and recruit a project manager. The Board recognises how important this piece of work is and we believe that VNZ needs to lead this project. I can assure you we will be moving very quickly so we do not lose the momentum that Claire has created.

It has been a busy first half year and I am confidently looking forward to a busy and successful future at VNZ. Keep warm.

Kind regards,

Managing Volunteers Online Course
Our online course is off to a very encouraging start! 12 registrants started the course and are well on their way to becoming even better Managers of Volunteers. The six weeks requires up to three hours of study per week, depending on the person. The next intake starts on 3 October and nine people have already enrolled. Be sure to register online today if you would like to make it for the October session.
We’re still considering whether to run one in November, however, if you are keen and can commit for six weeks from November to mid December, email Trevor at and we’ll run another course if there is enough interest.

Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord
Source: OCVS
On 13 June 2011, Cabinet endorsed the Kia Tūtahi Standing Together Relationship Accord and agreed to the release of the Kia Tūtahi Steering Group’s report. The Kia Tūtahi Relationship Accord (previously described as an agreement) is an important symbol of commitment between government and communities to build strong relationships.
The Prime Minister and the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector will host a signing ceremony at Parliament on 1 August 2011. Following the ceremony there will be opportunities for communities to sign the Accord at a small number of regional events and online.
Check the OCVS Website  for more updates. View the report the Cabinet Social Policy Committee paper and Cabinet minute here.

Telecom Foundation Launches Paid Volunteer Day
Source: Telecom Foundation
The Telecom Foundation announced a paid volunteer day for all Telecom Group employees on 15 July 2011. The initiative is enthusiastically received, and just three days after the launch of the Foundation the first team has taken up one of the first volunteer opportunities. Barely into his first week, Mark Ratcliffe newly appointed Chorus CEO volunteered his time behind the bar serving drinks at the Oxfam Trailwalker Awards. His team also managed the refreshments and logistics of the set up throughout the night.
If you have a project that requires volunteers, the Telecom Foundation would love to hear from you. Visit their site to find out more.

Kaiwhakamana successes
Source: CorrVolunteer
With 21 approved Kaiwhakamana, the scheme at Waikeria Prison is flourishing. Kaiwhakamana are volunteers, who identify as being Maori, are nominated by their Iwi/Urban Authority or National
Maori Organisation and are generally speaking elders. They are registered as ‘specified visitors’ who are given greater access to Maori prisoners.

“A year ago we only had six or seven Kaiwhakamana, and they weren’t that active,” says Peri Mason, Area Advisor Maori. “Now we, and the custodial staff, are over the moon about the way it’s working. Over the last year Peri and his colleagues have organised 20 hui to find suitable Kaiwhakamana, and he also did a huge amount of work with his colleagues in Prison Services “letting everyone know about the benefits of the relationships Kaiwhakamana have with prisoners.” Peri says, “We’ve had at least 15-20 prisoners seen by Kaiwhakamana, some on an ongoing basis, in a three-month period alone.”


Managers of Volunteers' Project Update
Claire Teal

In terms of the Project’s growth and development, the Internship has gone fast and well. As the Steering Group hoped, my time at VNZ has seen a good idea turn into a happening reality, and this is due to the passion and hard work of a growing team of people across the country and even the world. As the Internship has progressed, I have moved from describing the Project as being about ‘development for Managers/Leaders of Volunteers’ to saying it is ‘seeking to build the critical infrastructure of volunteering in New Zealand’. To me, this captures the fact that there is no effective volunteering without the creative, strategic input of Managers and Leaders of Volunteers. People are beginning to latch on to the interconnectedness of what the Project is hoping to achieve, and the long-term success of NZ’s volunteering in general. The ideas and vision the Project is bringing to the table are increasingly being seen as key aspects of community development, leadership development and future-proofing across our society as a whole.

I think everyone involved in the Project can be really proud of what they have achieved thus far, and the relative speed with which they have achieved it. However, the thing that really stands out to me is the fact that we have always stayed true to our stance that this is from the community, by the community. The Project is doing its best to remain collectively owned and directed by the NZ volunteer-involving community. I hope wherever we go with this into the future, we retain that. Read more about the project here.


FREE Social Media and Mobile Technology Webinars for Nonprofit Organisations
by Heather Mansfield
Great opportunity to listen and learn from one of the top Social Media Gurus. These are 90-minute information packed seminars that are conducted specially for New Zealand /
Australian time zones. Next seminar: 11 Aug 2011

How Nonprofits Can Successfully Use Facebook and Facebook Apps

Do not miss out on this chance to really get up to speed!
Visit this site for more info

Have you started writing your Social Media Strategic Plan yet?
Here’s an in-depth Step-by-Step guide to spur you in the right direction.
Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map
By Beth Kanter

How to Help Your Community Recover from Disaster:
A Manual for Planning and Action by the Society for Community Research and Action, 104 pg. Flashpaper document, 2010.

Measuring the Difference Volunteers Make:
A Guide to Outcome Evaluation for Volunteer Program Managers
by Melissa Eystad, Editor (30 pp.)

Find more books and publications for sale from Volunteering NZ


Organising a volunteering event? Have it listed in our online Event Calendar on

National Events
The Great Living Legends Muck-In
September - October 2011, All across New Zealand

International Events

13th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference
28-31 October 2011, Changwon Exhibition Convention Center, Korea
Registration Fee: $250 for the early bird (from July 4th until Sept 16th) and $300 for the late registration. For more information, visit  

IAVE World Youth Summit
3-5 November 2011, Barranquilla, Colombia
For more information, contact Partners at or +1-202-628-3300

Australian National Conference on Volunteering 2011

9-11 November 2011, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland
Earlybird Conference Registration Rate (on or before 28/July/2011) - $850.00 and Standard Conference Registration Rate (from 29/July/2011) - $950.00. For more information, visit: 


Navy reservist's Sudan service recognised
Source: Voxy
A Navy Reserve Officer who served as a UN Military Observer to the Southern Sudan and a Navy Reserve Chaplain who deployed to the Solomon Islands were among a group of reserve personnel decorated for their service this week.

Coastguard groups join national body
Otago Daily Times
Wanaka and Twizel-based groups of central South Island marine search and rescue volunteers were this week added to New Zealand's primary maritime search and rescue organisation, Coastguard New Zealand.

Volunteer returns the favour
Source: Stuff
Henry Kham Suan Thang has gone full circle since he moved to Nelson as a refugee three years ago. Refugee Services supported Mr Thang and his family when they arrived, and now he is giving back.

Other Headlines
Cup chance to score temp jobs
Army of volunteers oil Cup machinery
Time to nominate stars
Hawera firefighters world-class

International News

The UK Debates the Hidden Costs of Volunteering

Source: Non Profit Quarterly
The UK is apparently having a policy debate about the utility and cost of volunteerism. Like the Obama administration's heavy promotion of volunteerism as a central component of high profile programs such as the Social Innovation Fund, the "big society" plan of Prime Minister David Cameron's government puts an emphasis on voluntary activity.

Interview with Karen Baker, Secretary of Service and Volunteerism, California
Source: Finance Comments
Part 5 of a series on best practices and sound advice for developing and maintaining successful partnerships between non-profit and for-profit organisations.

Other Headlines
Olympic volunteer recruitment gathers pace
Canada: What should the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards be called?
FIJI: Jobless interest in volunteerism rises


Nominations Open to Find Extraordinary New Zealanders
Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the Year Award
Launching this week are nominations for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards 2012. The awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand. For more info, visit:

Trustpower Awards

Maeva-Rua Kopa from Blue Mountain College has been named as this year’s winner of the TrustPower Clutha Youth Community Spirit Award.
Maeva-Rua radiates donates her time to a variety of sports as well as peer support, choir, the West Otago Theatrical Society and fundraisers for the Pike River Mine and Christchurch Earthquake funds. On top of this she teaches guitar and ukulele and has a leadership role in Kapahaka, Stage Challenge, School productions and Soccer.

Cameron Nguyen from Mount Maunganui College has been named as the winner of the TrustPower Tauranga Youth Community Spirit Award.
Cameron is a generous and talented student who is passionate about giving children an opportunity to get involved in dance. Aside from dance, Cameron has volunteered at food festivals and cultural fundraising nights as well as volunteering for Red Cross and CanTeen.

Homes of Hope Charitable Trust has won the Supreme Award at the TrustPower Tauranga Community Awards.
Homes of Hope Charitable Trust is providing care and protection for abused and neglected children going through the most difficult time in their lives. Over 100 volunteers are part of Homes of Hope. From maintenance around the homes to gardening, cleaning and sewing, volunteers are ensuring that the homes are in the best shape possible. Volunteers also help with homework sessions, creative arts and cultural projects and they fundraise.
Volunteer mentors support the overall restoration, well-being and development of each child’s life. To date, Homes of Hope has cared for 78 children. These children receive a real sense of family and community with role models who help them break the cycle of negative living.

The Caroline Bay Association has won the Supreme Award at the TrustPower Timaru District Community Awards.
The Caroline Bay Carnival is an iconic part of summer in Timaru and is renowned throughout the country. The Association’s 130 volunteers put on a 'The Centennial Celebration' where one hundred pigeons and balloons were released to mark the occasion and a rose, aptly named Caroline Bay, was propagated especially. Tens of thousands of visitors attended the carnival itself. A publication called 'A Century of Carnivals' was also produced for the occasion.

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