Volunteer to help your friends, family and community before, during and after emergencies.

Volunteer in emergency management

Most communities have a Civil Defence Centre or community hub, where locals can come together during and after an emergency to support each other.

In an emergency, centres will be opened and run by communities so people can come together to help their community during and after an emergency.

New Zealand Response Teams work alongside and support civil defence, emergency services and other responding agencies. Teams are located throughout New Zealand.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management are currently working on building a robust and sustainable volunteer capability and capacity for emergency management in New Zealand.

Contact your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group to find out how you can volunteer.

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The National Emergency Management Agency has information on finding your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

Building a robust and sustainable volunteer capability and capacity

The National Emergency Management Agency is currently working on building a robust and sustainable volunteer capability and capacity for emergency management in New Zealand. MCDEM, along with Fire Emergency New Zealand, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Search and Rescue and the Ministry of Health are committed to having a model that is fit for purpose and flexible enough to meet future challenges across response and recovery.

Volunteering New Zealand

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of volunteer centres and national and other organisations with a commitment to volunteering.

VNZ can put you in touch with a number of volunteering opportunities.  

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Volunteers create positive change on many fronts — human rights, faith communities, health, education, sports and recreation, social services, arts and culture, emergency services, the environment and conservation, animal welfare and community support development

Join a Neighbourhood Support Group

Join or form a Neighbourhood Support Group as you and your neighbours can share skills and resources to help you get through in an emergency.

Neighbourhood Support Groups bring local people together to create safe, supportive and connected communities, working closely with Police and other community organisations.

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Join a Neighbourhood Support Group on the Neighbourhood Support website or call 0800 463 444.