Volunteering & mahi aroha

The Volunteering & mahi aroha special collection provides a wide range of international and national research, reports, resources, and best practice about volunteering. This collection also offers materials on mahi aroha which is a Māori concept, closely translated to voluntary work. Mahi aroha is performed out of sympathy and caring for one’s whanau, hapū, iwi, and the wider community based on the principles of tikanga to maintain mana and rangatiratanga.

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Te Ao Māori

The Contributions of Tūao Māori: principles of collective responsibility and self-determination

By: Tūao Aotearoa Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2023-08-03

Māori are amongst the highest likely to volunteer yet their contributions are under-represented in volunteering research. This important work has filled this gap stemming from focus group and surveys of…

Non-profit Sector

Scouts Aotearoa Healthy Norms Project Evaluation

By: Scouts Aotearoa and Point and Associates
Published: 2023-07-31

In 2021, Scouts Aotearoa, with support from Point, initiated an innovative project to address harmful gender norms within the movement. The impetus for this project was the results of an…


Kindness: a dynamic, two-way exchange that is critical to the community services sector

By: Penny Fitzpatrick of MartinJenkins and Associates, for Good Bitches Baking
Published: 2023-07-31

A qualitative snapshot of kindness through the lens of community service organisations in Aotearoa. This study began with a question: What is the role of kindness from the perspective of…

Community Development Non-profit Sector
Non-profit Sector

State of Volunteering in Aotearoa 2022

By: Tūao Aotearoa - Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2022-12-01

The State of Volunteering is Volunteering New Zealand’s flagship report on the state of the community and voluntary sector. Over the years, this report has evolved, reflecting the demands of…


Status of the Volunteering Sector: Post-COVID Recovery and Resilience

By: Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2021-05-01

This report provides an update on the status of the volunteering sector as at May 2021. Our work draws on data collected via stakeholder feedback, a focus group with Volunteer…

COVID-19 Volunteering & Mahi Aroha

State of Volunteering Report 2020

By: Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2020-12-01

Volunteering New Zealand recently surveyed more than 3,000 people across the community and voluntary sector. They include community leaders, researchers and thought leaders, managers of voluntary organisations, and frontline volunteers.…

Volunteering & Mahi Aroha

Time to Shine COVID-19 Impact Community Survey Report

By: Centre for Social Impact, Hui E! Community Aotearoa, Philanthropy New Zealand, Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2020-08-01

A survey of Aotearoa New Zealand’s community sector on the impacts of COVID‐19: This report details the findings of a national COVID‐19 impact survey carried out across the Tangata Whenua,…

Community Development COVID-19 Māori

Research Briefing: The experience of volunteers during COVID-19

By: Volunteering Australia
Published: 2020-05-18

Volunteering Australia commissioned the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research and Methods to undertake analysis of the experience of volunteers during COVID-19 to date. Their analysis draws on…


Integrating volunteering cultures in New Zealand’s multi-hazard environment

By: Dr Andrea Grant, Mary Hart and E. R. (Lisa) Langer
Published: 2019-07-01

In New Zealand, the social contribution of volunteers exceeds 270 million hours per year. Volunteer participation is a vital component of emergency services activities, particularly in rural settings. Fire and…

Emergency & Disaster
Ethnicity and Diversity

A National Strategy to Support Volunteering for Recent Migrants

By: Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2019-06-03

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) has developed the recent migrant volunteering strategy to improve the experiences of recent migrant volunteers and promote migrant volunteering best practice across the sector. This strategy…

Migrants and Former Refugees
Non-profit Sector

State of Volunteering 2017

By: Volunteering New Zealand
Published: 2018-06-01

For the third year running, Volunteering NZ has undertaken a survey with all registered charities nationwide, to create a general view of the volunteer landscape. The report had 1,584 responses…

Non-profit Sector Volunteering & Mahi Aroha
Non-profit Sector

Overview Paper in the State of Volunteering in New Zealand

By: Volunteer Reference Group
Published: 2017-04-01

Volunteering is central to the social development, economy, and environment of New Zealanders. Between 2004 and 2013, Statistics NZ data shows there was a 21% increase in the number of…

Non-profit Sector Volunteering & Mahi Aroha

Crushed or Just Bruised? Voluntary Organisations 25 Years Under the Bear Hug of Government Funding in Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Garth Nowland-Foreman
Published: 2016-12-08

What has happened in the 25 years or so since purchase-of-service contracting was introduced for government funding of voluntary organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand? This article provides a brief commentary…

Government – Central & Local Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising Non-profit Sector

ANZTSR 2014: Volunteerism: Alive and Well or Dying Quietly? Learnings from New Zealand community-based organisations, volunteerism experts and social enterprises

By: Michelle Wanwimolruk
Published: 2014-11-10

Not-for-profits, community-based organisations and social enterprises have volunteerism at its roots, and for many at its heart. The ‘Third Sector’ is still commonly known to many as the ‘Voluntary Sector’.…

Non-profit Sector Social Services Volunteering & Mahi Aroha
Te Ao Māori

Mahi Aroha: Maori Perspectives on Volunteering and Cultural Obligations

By: Joyce-Anne Raihania, Ann Walker
Published: 2007-04-01

Volunteering for Maori is based on the notion of whanaungatanga (kinship) and the benefits derived from contributing to the common good. Within Maori culture, conceptions of self are linked to…

Kaupapa Māori Volunteering & Mahi Aroha
Non-profit Sector

Can Voluntary Organisations Survive the Bear Hug of Government Funding? – A View from Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Garth Nowland-Foreman
Published: 2000-01-01

Purchase-of-service contracting with voluntary organisations for social services in Aotearoa New Zealand is examined, in the context of international trends and as a part of the long run historical evolution…

Government – Central & Local Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising Volunteering & Mahi Aroha
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