Minister of Health Volunteer Awards

The Minister of Health Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to recognise the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services.

Health Minister Andrew Little has opened the 2022 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards for nominations. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 3 June and awards will be presented during National Volunteer Week, 19 – 25 June 2022.

Kia ora koutou.

I’m really pleased to be opening the 2022 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards for nominations. People who freely share their time, energy and compassion to help improve the health and wellbeing of others deserve our gratitude every day and these awards offer special recognition of their generosity.

Since they began in 2013, the Minister of Health Volunteer Awards have recognised 73 teams of volunteers and 116 individuals across our hospitals and communities. In total that’s several thousand people demonstrating how individual commitment and dedication makes a positive difference to the lives of others.

We’re calling for nominations for volunteers and teams of volunteers in our hospitals and communities who are helping support our health and disability services. We have additional categories to recognise volunteering in our Māori and Pacific communities, and the contribution made by our young people – our rangatahi, and people who have been volunteering over many years – often decades.

And this year we’ve added a new award category to our existing categories - COVID Health Volunteer. We’ve introduced it to recognise the amazing work by volunteers responding to the specific challenges we had looking after people and keeping them safe during the pandemic.

Nominations close on the 3rd of June and we’ll be celebrating this year’s recipients during National Volunteer Week, which is June 19th to the 25th. We’ll also be sharing the good work of these volunteers do in our Volunteer Awards booklet and to say thank you and because this work is inspirational.

If you know an individual or team of health individuals who deserve to be recognised then please nominate them.

And to all our Health volunteers – nga mihi kia koutou. thank you for everything that you're doing.

Kia ora.

Hi I’m Chris. I’ve been a Buddies Volunteer for the past 2 and a half, 3 years.

As Buddy Volunteers we connect with tangata whai ora in patient wards in the hope that they’ll find their own sense of identity amd purpose with their own recovery journey.  

Last year together with the team we were presented and received a national volunteers award. 

For me personally we never expected it but it was great and we deeply appreciated it.

How to make a nomination

Download and complete the nomination form (Word, 373 KB).

Send the completed nomination forms to [email protected]. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 3 June.

Find out more about the award categories and criteria.

If you need help with your nomination please email [email protected]

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