Coastguard celebrates National Volunteer Week 2019


From morning teas, to team dinners and mid-winter BBQs, Coastguard volunteers will be enjoying get-togethers around the country to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

Running from June 16 to 22 this year, the week is the largest celebration of volunteers in New Zealand. This year’s theme is: “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together and is a chance to recognise and celebrate the work of the country’s 1.2 million volunteers.

Coastguard has just over 2,000 highly-skilled, professionally trained volunteers who help keep our communities safe on the water.

Last year, Coastguard volunteers brought 6,951 people home safely; carried out 3,037 rescues and received 3,422 calls for help.

“For us, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to pause, reflect and recognise the outstanding efforts of Coastguard volunteers and units who risk their lives to ensure the safety of Kiwis on the water each year,” says Coastguard CEO Patrick Holmes.

“It’s a chance for us to thank the women and men of Coastguard,” he adds. “Their unwavering commitment and dedication to each other and their communities is humbling. In a world where good people seem to be increasingly hard to find, they stand out as being some of the very best.”

For more on how to become a Coastguard volunteer, click here.


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