New Zealand
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
4.8 million
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2018)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2018)
Organization-based (ILO, 2018)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
    • Social survey
  • 2009
  • 2010
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2011
  • 2012
    • Social Survey
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
    • Social survey
  • 2017
  • 2018
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

He Waka Eke Noa: Towards a better future, Together New Zealand's Progress Towards the SDGs

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 8

We will ensure everyone who is able to is earning, learning, caring or volunteering.

Paragraph 2, page 17

The Narrative Imperative was a competition that asked New Zealanders to write about the SDGs that they felt passionate about. Co-founded by six friends, this volunteer run initiative set out to engage the New Zealand public in the global agenda for sustainable development. The Narrative Imperative team wanted to provide a platform for all New Zealanders to engage with the SDGs they care about, extending the conversation beyond government’s policy advisers.

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