In response to measures to attempt containment of COVID-19 in New Zealand, VolFest 2020 has been postponed to early 2021 (date to be advised).

If you would like to support VolFest in 2021, please email

Welcome to




Celebrating volunteers

Inspiring action

VolFest 2020, brought to you by Volunteering Bay of Plenty and The Wright Family Foundation, is the region’s newest and largest family event aimed at celebrating volunteers and offering opportunities to anyone in the community who wants to get involved. 




VolFest is your opportunity to



From looking after our beautiful coastline, to helping community health and disability services, or mucking in with your local sports team, learn more about the volunteer organisations in your community and how you can help



VolFest has something for everyone. Come and meet one of the many organisations
exhibiting at the event to find out about the vast volunteering opportunities in our
community. This free event will also have food trucks and entertainment for the whole family!


VolFest is more than just a festival, it is an opportunity for you to increase organisation awareness, reach a targeted audience and showcase what you do.  It will be a supercharged one-day event, in one easy location with a fun, interactive atmosphere.


Sponsoring VolFest gives your business an opportunity to support both the causes and your community at a grass roots level. You will be talking to a community-engaged and aware audience – the people who make a difference every day.



It isn’t easy convincing people to work for free, especially getting them to do it regularly.

However, non-profit organisations need volunteers like a car needs fuel or power.

The more connected to a community people feel, the more likely they are to take
responsibility for the community and feel pride and a sense of commitment. Mobilising community resources and expanding capacity through volunteers also enhance an organisation’s general profile, which can attract more volunteers, program participants, and funds.


In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine fellows we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing.
A.A. Milne


Team Members


Cups Of Coffee


Music, entertainment and activated areas that inform and provide fun for the whole family such as an animal zone, art in volunteering, performing groups and many more.

Not for Profit and volunteer organisations showcasing their services they provide in our community.

A range of food and beverages to tempt your appetite will be located in the car park adjacent to the exhibitor stands.



Exhibitors from many different fields of operation will be on site to show how volunteers can help them deliver their services.

It will be a chance for the community to see how they can help, how volunteering can help them with their career choices, and how beneficial volunteering is for the mind, body, and soul.

Thanks to our Sponsors

The Organisational Committee

The event is made up of some amazing people that are volunteering their time and skills to make VolFest 2020 a huge success.

Stellaris Ltd is excited to be a sponsor of VolFest having worked with Volunteering Bay of Plenty to develop their strategy .

Stellaris is a provider of Governance, Strategy and Business advice and training. 

Ron Scott, Chairman

Sponsorship, Stellaris Ltd

Blue Light works in partnership with Police and Community delivering youth programmes and events free from drugs, alcohol and violence.

Our vision: “Empower young people nationwide to be better New Zealanders through quality experiences”.

Wendy Robertson

Events & Entertainment , Blue LIght NZ

Blink PR and Marketing proudly sponsor VolFest.

With community interests at its core, Blink offers integrated PR, marketing and digital solutions founded in research.

Natalie Bridges

Marketing & PR, Blink

I joined the VolBOP board believing strongly in social responsibility and that through collaboration we can achieve a better outcome for our community. VolFest provides this opportunity.

VolBOP’s vision: “People transforming communities, transforming lives”.

Monique Edlinger

Venue & Logistics, Trustee VolBOP

When you look a little deeper into our community, volunteers are at the heart of it!

Volunteering to me, is about connecting with other people that you may not have had the chance to meet. Each connection brings our community closer together. 

Claudia West

Event Manager, The Project Collective

Volunteering, for me, is not only important because it helps build a better community, it also helps to better people as individuals. Volunteering is a free way to feel good about yourself, to keep active, make new, fulfilling connections and learn new skills.

Gaylene Street

Administration, VolBOP

 Lisa is passionate about volunteerism and therefore in her role as the Acting General Manager at Volunteering Bay of Plenty she can continue to promote and advocate volunteering. Lisa firmly believes that volunteering connects communities, improves well-being and the quality of people’s lives.

Lisa Ford

Funding, General Manager

Volunteering, particularly for the older generation, is about giving back to the community, and ensuring your skills are passed on to others. And at the same time lending a hand, whether that be giving a hand up, or a guiding hand.

Gary Benner

IT & Film Production, Goodas Films

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