News release: embargo: 00:01 Monday 5 December 2005
Don’t forget to protect volunteers
To mark International Volunteer Day (IVD) the Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations is to release a brand new,
free guide, Keeping it Legal E Ai Ki Te Ture  to help voluntary organisations manage personnel and operational risks
and liabilities. This has been developed jointly with the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector.
Volunteers form the bedrock of many social services and donate a huge number of unpaid hours to good causes. A study 
that looked at 10 national agencies across New Zealand Aotearoa estimated that for these 10 agencies alone, volunteers
contributed a staggering 7,638,238 hours in one year. The overall figure is much, much higher.
Volunteers, and the organisations they contribute to, are subject to an ever increasing raft of regulations and
compliance issues, especially as the new Charities Commission starts operating in 2006. Often, bureaucratic jargon
accompanying the wide range of legal requirements makes compliance even more difficult for voluntary organisations.
Keeping it Legal E Ai Ki Te Ture provides clear outlines of the legal obligations in an easy-to-use format, with
background information, checklists and accompanying factsheets so voluntary organisations can ensure they are within the
Tina Reid, Executive Director of NZFVWO said:
“International Volunteering Day is about recognising and respecting our volunteers. We are delighted to launch this
comprehensive resource today which not only highlights voluntary organisations’ legal requirements, but also their
responsibilities to the volunteer workforce.”
Keeping it Legal E Ai Ki Te Ture is going to be launched by the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Winnie
Laban at a special IVD luncheon held at Wellington Community Law Centre on International Volunteer Day.
 Keeping It Legal E Ai Ki Te Ture is free and also available online at: www.nzfvwo.org.nz/keepingitlegal
 Counting for something, Value Added by Voluntary Agencies (Sep, 2004)