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National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary effort and impact that volunteers make in our community. 1.2million Kiwis volunteer every year in Aotearoa New Zealand and we rank second equal in the world for volunteering. You could say volunteering’s in our DNA – we certainly see this through the Victoria Plus Programme with hundreds of awesome students volunteering both on campus and out in the community.

This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is “By many, the work will be completed. tini, mano, ka rapa te whai.” This is a pretty fitting message for the volunteering that I’ve recently started doing for Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.

The Trust was established 30 years to restore the native bush in 22,500 hectares of the Remutaka Ranges, near Wainuiomata in Lower Hutt. Over 150 volunteers are involved in pest control, trap maintenance, revegetation, Kiwi monitoring and much more. In 2008 20 Kiwi were released in the park and today over 100 Kiwi roam free. Wainuiomata residents have even reported hearing Kiwi calling in the night!

Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is one of hundreds of volunteer-run groups throughout the country working to restore our natural habitat. Although most of these organisations pre-date the 2016 launch of Predator Free 2050 (which aims to rid the country of rats, stoats and possums), they’re all contributing to achieve this ambitious goal. Through the work of these many groups, we hope to make Aotearoa New Zealand predator free by 2050!

Being a part of Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is fun and rewarding – it motivates me to get out in the bush and I feel like I’m doing my little bit to help restore our native bush for our iconic little flightless bird!

If you’d like to volunteer, check out the voluntary roles on CareerHub, visit Volunteer Wellington, Seek Volunteer, Collaborate, Help Tank or Do Good Jobs.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Victoria Plus Programme, email victoriaplus@vuw.ac.nz or drop by the Careers and Employment office in Hunter 120.

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