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Work of volunteers highlighted this week

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/06/2017

The work of volunteers is being highlighted during National Volunteer Week.

The week starts on Sunday.

Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Alfred Ngaro says every week more than 400,000 Kiwis volunteer for registered charities.

"That obviously doesn't represent all the other sectors where volunteers play a vital role, but adds up to over 2 million hours contributed to our communities," says Mr Ngaro.

The theme of the week this year is "Live, Laugh, Share, Volunteer".

"Volunteering is about sharing - your time, your energy and your resources. This week is about celebrating that. I'd encourage everyone to look up the opportunities and events in their area and to give volunteering a go," Mr Ngaro says.

Volunteer New Zealand says there are about 1.2 million volunteers in New Zealand who donate about 157 million hours to non-profits annually.

"Given people are becoming increasingly busy, working longer hours and choosing to spend their discretionary time watching Netflix etc., it is pleasing to recognise the additional 200,000 people who choose to volunteer between 2004 and 2013," the organisation said.

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