Come and help shape the future of volunteering in Aotearoa
Update 16 September 2021
The Volunteering New Zealand PIVOT conference and 20th anniversary dinner, planned for 20-21 October, have been rescheduled.
We can only deliver the in-person conference when New Zealand is at Covid-19 alert level 1. The ongoing uncertainty about when this would occur has led Volunteering New Zealand to decide postponement is the best option.
The new dates are 13–14 March 2022.
PIVOT is the annual volunteering conference in New Zealand, where you will connect with peers, share and learn together. You will be inspired by a range of practitioners and thought leaders, and leave with renewed optimism for the future of volunteering.
Keynote speakers and panel discussions will focus on wellbeing, leadership and inclusion, the three key strands that have surfaced as being important to the sector. You will learn about latest research about the community and volunteer sector and innovative practices in organisations.
The PIVOT Conference theme “Shape the future” challenges us all as leaders and managers of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations into action. Your ideas and expertise will be captured and reflected back as part of collective mahi to secure the future of volunteering within your organisation and beyond.
There are two key events:
- Celebratory networking dinner: Sunday 13 March 2022
- PIVOT Conference: Monday 14 March 2022
Celebratory networking dinner
Celebratory Dinner & Networking Event
Join us to celebrate 20-years of connecting, supporting and collaborating with the volunteering sector.
Volunteering New Zealand was established in 2001, the International Year of the Volunteer. This year was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to increase recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteering. This year was the catalyst for our creation, and it was made possible by collaboration between the New Zealand volunteering sector, regional volunteer centres and central government. Let’s recognise and celebrate the agents of change, and sector champions, as we look to shaping the future of volunteering and the next 20 years.
This event is brought to you with the support of Seek Volunteer.
Guest Speaker: Jehan Casinader
Sunday 13 March 2022, 6:30 pm Te Papa
Speakers and Presenters
Click on the images below to learn more about our speakers for the day.
Ola has contributed to the strategic development of Pasifika focused initiatives to build a representative health workforce in Tāmaki Makaurau. He has also worked with clients in hospitality and not-for-profits to create messaging that improves organisational outcomes. With his experience in managing dynamic projects and transforming equity initiatives through innovation, he is energised to use his lived experiences of exclusion to convert conversations about inclusion and fairness into meaningful action.
Jehan Casinader is obsessed with great Kiwi stories.
In 2020, he was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards, for his extensive coverage of the Christchurch terror attack. In 2018, he was named “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards.
Jehan has worked in the fast-past world of primetime TV for more than a decade. Most recently, he spent four years as the youngest-ever correspondent for TVNZ’s flagship current affairs programme, Sunday. Previously, he reported for Seven Sharp, Close Up and Breakfast.
Sarah Stuart-Black joined New Zealand Red Cross as the Secretary General on 07 December 2020. Previous to her current role, she was the Deputy Chief Executive and held the statutory role of Director Civil Defence Emergency Management in the National Emergency Management Agency, which was established on 01 December 2019. Sarah was appointed the Executive Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in December 2014. She joined the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management in 2003 and held a number of different roles during her time with the Ministry. Sarah has had a diverse range of experience within New Zealand and England, as well as Ethiopia, Niue and the Solomon Islands. She was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment & Coordination Team for nine years and has represented New Zealand at a variety of international forums, bilateral, regional and global meetings, exercises and forums. Sarah has published a number of papers in international journals and has co-edited three books.
Conference content working group
with various Not for Profits and NGO’s over the past 25 years. Berenice’s career includes volunteer leadership roles at Hospice West Auckland and Heart Kids New Zealand. Currently, Berenice is the National Team Leader and Volunteer
Coordinator in Tauranga for IHC New Zealand.
One of her greatest achievements was being the recipient of the inaugural Volunteer
Engagement Award in 2018. This Award offered by Volunteering Auckland, is in recognition
of ‘Outstanding Leaders in Volunteer Engagement’.
Berenice’s passion lies in making a positive difference in the communities that she serves
and is extremely honoured to be part to Pivot Conference 2021 working group.
Blind Low Vision NZ volunteers are a diverse group of people who provide support with Technology, Recreation, Fundraising, Guide Dogs, Collage Book Production, Library, Accessible Formats, Administrative functions and Vision Support. They complement a wide range of services to empower people who are blind, deaf blind or have low vision live the life they choose.
In my work I get to meet so many incredible volunteers and wonderful organisation and assist them with trainings, advocacy, providing resources, arranging recognition opportunities and helping volunteers find a volunteering that is rewarding for them.
for Volunteering New Zealand and for Volunteer Wellington. She has a real passion for all things volunteering and when she's not at work, you'll find Heidi...volunteering! Heidi was delighted to lead the conference content working
group, which provided VNZ with guidance and suggestions for Pivot 2021.
Please note, while the following speakers have been confirmed, their sessions may pivot slightly to fit the flow of the whole day.
SUNDAY 13 March 2022 6:30-10:00pm
Volunteering New Zealand 20th Anniversary Event – Te Marae at Te Papa, Wellington
|SUNDAY 13 March 2022||VNZ Evening 20th Anniversary Event – Marae at Te Papa, Wellington
|7:00 pm||Celebratory networking dinner|
|8:30 pm||Key Note Address:
Volunteering New Zealand – 20th anniversary speech
Jehan Casinader – Flip The Script
|10:00 pm||Event close|
MONDAY 14 March 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
This is an indicative programme which may change as we confirm closer to the time.
|MONDAY 14 March||Pivot Conference – Shape the Future | Tāraitia te āpōpō!|
|8:00 am||Registration opens and arrival tea and coffee|
|9:00 am||Conference Opening Ceremony
|9:30 am||Keynote: Diversity and inclusion – Maretha Smit|
|10.00 am||INTERACTIVE SESSION – The future of volunteering, te wā heke me te mahi tūao|
|10:15 am||Morning tea, korero and networking 30 mins|
|10:45 am||Plenary Panel: Latest Volunteering Research|
|11:30 am||Our volunteer whakapapa:looking back to inform the future – Johnathon Hagger|
|11:50 am||Round Table: Sharing Innovations|
|12:30 pm||LUNCH: Lunch, korero and networking|
|1:30 pm||The Future of Volunteer Wellbeing – Sarah Stuart Black|
|2:15 pm||Community Governance Update|
|2:30 pm||Afternoon tea, korero and networking|
|3.00 pm||Belonging, how organisations can shift and reset – Anjum Rahman|
|3:45 pm||Panel Discussion: Rangatahi are our future, Ryan Hooper-Smith and Teana MacDonald.|
|4:30 pm||Key take-aways and closing|
|5:00 pm||Networking – Rydges lobby bar|
Book your tickets today
Bookings for our events can be made through Humanitix this year and events can be booked both individually and separately.
Our 2018 and 2019 conferences sold out, so secure your place today.
Booking fees and GST are charged on top of this.
Registrations are now open. Fill out the form below to attend. Early bird prices currently apply.
TICKET PRICING OPTIONS
Networking Dinner Te Papa
Networking, 3 course dinner and speakers $125
Pivot Conference only
+ VNZ Members Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $259
+ NFP non-member Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $289
+ Public or private sector organisations non-member Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $389
Pivot Conference networking dinner combo tickets
+ VNZ Members – Networking dinner 13 March + Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $359
+ NFP non-member – Networking dinner 13 March + Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $389
+ Public or private sector organisations non-member – Networking dinner 13 March + Pivot Conference 14 March 2022 $489
Very good opportunity to have different perspectives and experiences shared.
It was wonderful, networking and being with like-minded people and learning a lot more about different aspects of volunteering.
Engaging, informative and inspiring.
Accommodation & Venues
Venue: Celebratory networking dinner
Te Marae, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
Te Marae offers a singular experience within Te Papa and is also unique within Aotearoa. It is Te Papa’s response to the challenge of creating an authentic yet inclusive marae for the 21st century.
The space comprises a marae ātea and wharenui that cater for all the purposes such places customarily serve. It is also a living exhibition that interprets for visitors the meaning of the marae experience, and acts as a showcase for contemporary Māori art and design.
Venue: PIVOT Conference – Shape the Future, Tāraitia te āpōpō
The Rydges Hotel, 75 Featherston Street, Pipitea, Wellington, 6011
Rydges Wellington is centrally located on downtown Featherston Street with a unique combination of harbour and city outlooks. Our Wellington accommodation is within walking distance to Lambton Quay, Sky Stadium, Queens Wharf and Wellington Railway Station making it ideally positioned in the heart of the capital.
Accomodation: Rydges Hotel
Special accommodation offer from the Rydges Hotel (the conference venue):
· $229.00 Bed & Portlander Buffet Breakfast for 1
· $249.00 Bed & Portlander Buffet Breakfast for 2
Rates are inclusive of GST and are per room, per night