Volunteer Stories2023-06-21T15:04:39+12:00

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Top 10 Star Volunteer: Ruth Dainty

Introducing Te Puna Quarry Park's Ruth Dainty, one of the top 10 Star Volunteers! "Ruth has volunteered at our [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Tina Zhang

Introducing Tina Zhang, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers for WBOP! Tina is the President of the NZ [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Megan Branks

Congratulations Megan Branks from Kura Kai Katikati! Megan is one of the top 10 Star Volunteer winners! We popped [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Sue Wiseman

Introducing Tauranga Community Foodbank's Sue Wiseman, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers! Sue has been volunteering with Tauranga [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Margaret Harper

Introducing Margaret Harper, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers! If you have heard the beautiful sound of the [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Lindi Jones

Meet Lindi Jones, a volunteer with Tauranga Riding for the Disabled for nearly 50 years! Lindi is one of [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Ruth Dainty

Introducing Te Puna Quarry Park's Ruth Dainty, one of the top 10 Star Volunteers! "Ruth has volunteered at our Beautiful Te Puna Quarry Park for years. She works tirelessly in the gardens and organises the huge plant sales we have twice a year fundraising . She’s always positive, happy and encouraging even when she’s tired. She is a beautiful person who deserves recognition. I nominate Ruth without hesitation." Congratulations Ruth! If you haven't yet visited Te Puna Quarry Park, you're in for a treat! A great place for a stroll at any time of year, the park is lovingly [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Tina Zhang

Introducing Tina Zhang, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers for WBOP! Tina is the President of the NZ China Friendship Society Tauranga, she runs the cultural centre at the Historic Village, organises cultural events such as the Tauranga Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival and advocates for the Chinese community and building bridges across cultures. She also supports a number of organisations with translating and sharing information with our local Chinese community networks. An amazing volunteer! The Tauranga Chinese Culture And Art center is located in the front of The Incubator Creative Hub Blacksmith's studios - with the [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Megan Branks

Congratulations Megan Branks from Kura Kai Katikati! Megan is one of the top 10 Star Volunteer winners! We popped in to see Megan in Katikati today and give her a voucher and tote bag from Tauranga Crossing. Here's why Marie from Kura Kai NZ nominated Megan "Megan is our one of our key Kura Kai Volunteer Coordinators in Katikati. Megan was the reason why Katikati College decided to partner with Kura Kai as Megan organised sponsorship of a freezer, and well the rest is history. Megan spends countless hours coordinating meals to not only fill the Colleges Kura Kai [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Sue Wiseman

Introducing Tauranga Community Foodbank's Sue Wiseman, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers! Sue has been volunteering with Tauranga Community Foodbank since 2005, nearly 20 years! She comes in every week and will often cover shifts if she is able. "She is very reliable, very lovely, and extremely dedicated to the foodbank. She expresses the utmost courtesy to our clients every shift she's here, is an absolute joy to be around, and has a wonderful sense of humour." "We are truly grateful to have her part of our volunteering family. She is very loved by all the staff and [...]

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Margaret Harper

Introducing Margaret Harper, one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers! If you have heard the beautiful sound of the harp while visiting Tauranga Hospital you have encountered Margaret and her gifted playing. "Margaret provides music therapy to 'soothe the soul' of patients, whānau and staff at Tauranga Hospital. Margaret's accomplished harp playing provides resonating and uplifting enjoyment for all that hear her skillful playing especially tamāriki who respond immediately to the wistful sounds of her harp. Margaret is conscientious, dedicated and the epitome of altruistic endeavour that volunteers display in their service."

Top 10 Star Volunteer: Lindi Jones

Meet Lindi Jones, a volunteer with Tauranga Riding for the Disabled for nearly 50 years! Lindi is one of the Top 10 Star Volunteers, she's a real treasure! Here's what Tauranga RDA Equestrian Therapy Centre have to say, "Lindi Jones is one of our longest-serving volunteers. She has been volunteering with us since 1975, a year after our establishment, and still volunteers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. During her time at TRDA, she has held various volunteer positions such as side walker, horse leader, president, and committee member. Lindi has enjoyed her time at Tauranga RDA so much that she [...]

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