Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu – National Volunteer Week runs from 16-22 June 2024.

It's an opportunity for all of us to thank our Fire and Emergency volunteers, their whānau, employers and everyone who supports them.

This year's theme is "Whiria Te Tangata – Weaving the people together".

We've created a bunch of resources to help you participate this year. Click on the links below to find out more:

Brigade resources

We’ve created some social media tiles that brigades can use.

You can share personalised “shout outs” to members of your brigade, by adding your own photo to the frame and sharing on your brigade's page.

Click on the link below to download the PowerPoint (PPTX) template how to use instructions are in the document. 

If you are a brigade social media admin, make sure you have joined our Fire and Emergency Social Media Admins group.

Click on the template below to download
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Thank you notes

A simple thank you can mean a lot.

If you’d like to take a couple of minutes to write and send a thank you note to a volunteer during National Volunteer Week you can download the template and email them a message to say thanks.



Test your team’s volunteer knowledge – take our National Volunteer Week quiz.

Check your answers

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Teams background

Show your support for our volunteers – download the Teams background and display it during National Volunteer Week 16-22 June 2024.

Here are instructions from Microsoft for how to change your Teams background.(external link)


Social media tiles

Share our National Volunteer Week tile on your district social media page to show your support.

You can download and share them on your own or your brigade's page.

If you are a brigade social media admin, make sure you have joined our Fire and Emergency Social Media Admins group.

Click on the templates below to download
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  • Send a thank you note – take a few moments to share a thoughtful thank you – it can mean a lot.
  • Support a proud employer – we maintain a database of organisations that employ volunteers in New Zealand. If you would like to support organisations employing volunteers and supporting their communities visit our website. You can search and filter by business name, type, region or station. The database includes self-employed volunteers’ businesses.
    Visit the database – available on our website(external link)
  • Lend a hand – do you know a volunteer that would benefit from an offer to walk the dog or babysit the kids? Volunteers often spend time away from whānau to attend callouts. Is there something small you can do that will allow them to spend some quality time with their whānau?
  • Sign up to volunteer! There are a range of roles available including Firefighters, Operational support, Medical first responders, Brigade support. Find out more on our website.(external link)

For Group Managers, Volunteer Support Officers or Business Services Coordinators

  • Head along to a training night – Drop in face-to-face where possible or via Teams to say thanks.
  • Send a thank you note – a personalised thank you note to show your support.

Key messages

  • It’s Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu – National Volunteer Week.
  • Thank you to all our Fire and Emergency volunteers across the motu (country) for their incredible contributions.
  • Volunteers make up around 80% of our Fire and Emergency workforce.
  • Fire and Emergency volunteers show up for their communities when times are tough.
  • They are available 24/7, 365 days a year and frequently go above and beyond to keep their communities safe and supported.
  • We are fortunate to have more than 11,800 people who generously volunteer their time with us as firefighters, operational support, medical first responders and brigade support.
  • It’s not always easy – the mahi can be tough and the commitment to volunteer is in addition to whānau, mahi and other responsibilities.
  • We also want to say thank you to the whānau, employers and friends of our volunteers – their support makes it possible for our volunteers to serve their communities.

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Interesting facts and stats

Did you know…

  • There are 594 volunteer fire brigades across Aotearoa
  • The most northern Brigade is Houhora
  • The most southern Brigade is Oban
  • There are more than 11,800 volunteers
  • Volunteers make up around 80% of our workforce

Other resources

How we're recognising National Volunteer Week this year

This year we’ll be running a campaign across social media, radio, billboards and websites and encouraging the general public to thank our volunteers and raise awareness of their role in keeping our communities safe.

Keep an eye out for our campaign across the motu.


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