There are many ways you can volunteer. Some positions are run directly by healthcare facilities. Others are organised by services like Hato Hone St John and Cancer Society Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa.

Ways you can help

  • Provide information and assistance to patients and visitors.
  • Spend time with patients — chatting, playing games, arts and crafts, reading.
  • Encourage, support and guide practice sessions for long-term patient recovery.
  • Distribute books and magazines throughout wards.
  • Arrange and tend to flowers in wards.
  • Knit, quilt and sew items for maternity wards.
  • Support whānau with tamariki in hospital.
  • Assist with pet therapists.
  • Provide musical performances for patients.
  • Administration tasks.
  • Edit and layout newsletters.
  • Work in the gift shop.
  • Some light gardening.
  • Assist with events and fundraising.
  • Deliver meals and drinks.

Hato Hone St John

Hato Hone St John organise volunteer positions such Friends of Emergency Department, Hospital Friend, Hospital Host, and Community Carer.

Hospital Services and Community Carers — Hato Hone St John

Cancer Society

Cancer Society Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa volunteers support people with cancer by driving them to hospital appointments, general support during hospital appointments, baking, and making cushions, turbans and hats.

Volunteer — Cancer Society

Where to volunteer

Contact your local district for volunteering opportunities.

Northern

Auckland

Locations

Auckland City Hospital
Greenlane Clinical Centre
Starship Children's Hospital
Te Whetū Tāwera Auckland City Mental Health Unit

Contact

Auckland volunteer opportunities — Better Impact
Starship volunteer opportunities — Starship

 

Counties Manukau

Locations

Kidz First Children's Hospital
Manukau SuperClinic
Manukau Surgery Centre
Middlemore Hospital

Contact

Email: geeteshni.naidu@middlemore.co.nz

 

Northland

Locations

Whangārei Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (09) 430 4101 extension 7802

 

Waitematā

Locations

North Shore Hospital
Waitakere Hospital

Contact

Waitematā volunteer opportunities — Better Impact

 

Te Manawa Taki

Bay of Plenty

Locations

Tauranga Hospital
Whakatāne Hospital

Contact

Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty volunteer application form (PDF; 676kb)

 

Lakes

Locations

Rotorua Hospital
Taupō Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (07) 348 1199

 

Tairāwhiti

Locations

Gisborne Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (06) 869 0500

 

Taranaki

Locations

Taranaki Base Hospital
Hawera Hospital

Contact

Email: Human.ResourcesHelpdesk@tdhb.org.nz

 

Waikato

Locations

Taumarunui Hospital
Te Kuiti Hospital
Thames Hospital
Tokoroa Hospital
Waikato Hospital

Contact

Email: volunteers@waikatodhb.health.nz

 

Central

Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley

Locations

Kapiti Health Centre
Kenepuru Community Hospital
Hutt Valley Hospital
Wellington Hospital

Contact

Volunteer — Wellington Hospital Foundations

 

Hawke's Bay

Locations

Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Contact

Email: volunteer@hbdhb.govt.nz

 

MidCentral

Locations

Dannevirke Community Hospital
Horowhenua Health Centre
Palmerston North Hospital

Contact

Email: volunteer@midcentraldhb.govt.nz

 

Wairarapa

Locations

Wairarapa Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (06) 946 9800 extension 475

 

Whanganui

Locations

Whanganui Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (06) 348 1234

 

Te Waipounamu

Canterbury

Locations

Burwood Hospital
Christchurch Hospital
Christchurch Women's Hospital

Contact

Email: burwoodvolunteers@cdhb.health.nz
Email: christchurch.volunteers@cdhb.health.nz

 

Nelson Marlborough

Locations

Alexandra Hospital
Murchison Hospital
Nelson Hospital
Wairau Hospital

Contact

Contact hospitals directly about volunteering opportunities.

Alexandra Hospital: (03) 543 9800
Murchison Hospital: (03) 523 1120
Nelson Hospital: (03) 546 1800
Wairau Hospital: (03) 520 9999

 

South Canterbury

Locations

Timaru Hospital

Contact

To find out about volunteering call (03) 687 2100

 

Southern

Locations

Southern Hospital
Lakes District Hospital

Contact

Southern Hospital and Lakes District Hospital use Hato Hone St John to organise volunteers.

Volunteering — Hato Hone St John

 

West Coast

Locations

Buller Health
Te Nīkau Grey Hospital & Health Centre

Contact

Email: admin@wcdhb.health.nz