Community and voluntary groups in NZ

Created: July 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM | Updated: February 15, 2024 | By Community Resource Kit

Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand's diverse community and voluntary sector! From grassroots initiatives to established charities, these groups are driven by a shared commitment to positive change. They include community, hapū, and iwi groups, deeply rooted in their cultural traditions and values.

Non-profit organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand operate for public benefit, reinvesting any surplus income into their mission. Governed by boards or committees, they provide essential services, advocate for social change, and enhance community wellbeing.

Many organisations in this sector are guided by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), including partnership, participation, and protection. These principles ensure equal access to opportunities and resources for all New Zealanders.

Here are some statistics about the size and impact of the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand:

These statistics underscore the vital role that the community and voluntary sector plays in Aotearoa New Zealand, both in terms of economic contribution and social impact.

Whether you're a member, volunteer, or simply interested in the sector, this toolkit is here to support you. Explore tools and information to make a positive impact and contribute to the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.


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