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ALERT:  There is a Facebook Messenger Lottery Scam.  Please be aware that if you receive a message from us that asks if you have heard about a Facebook Lottery Powerball Promotion, PLEASE this is NOT us. 

We have some furniture that needs re-homing.  Open to Not-for-profit Community Organisations. Our current storage room will be open from 9am - 10am on (TBC)2019, 46 Liardet Street, New Plymouth.  First in First Served.  Must be gone by (TBC) 2019.



New Plymouth Budget Advisory Service

 The Budget Advisory Service in Taranaki provides a free, confidential and non-judgmental, one to one assistance for their clients.  This is in consultation rooms throughout North Taranaki.

Volunteer Financial Mentors/Advisors can assist in preparing a household budget, work to reach agreements with creditors, provide information about banks and accounts, and much more.

Full training for all these positions is definitely part of these very special positions,  as well as ongoing training every year volunteers are able to increase their skills in areas such as consumer rights, insolvency law and identifying addictions – and all this while receiving the satisfaction of helping people who are in real need of support.

Volunteers are being sought to commence training for this important and rewarding work.  As a volunteer you will receive a comprehensive initial training of approx. 30 – 40 hours over a period of weeks in a supportive environment and you will work with a friendly team of experienced, skilled advisors.

The benefit of these roles is that they are flexible, so it can work around the hours that you have available.

Also there is a need for a Treasurer – this is approximately 2 – 3 hours per week.

Do you have administration skills and 5 hours per week to spare? -  there is an Administration person required too.

Do you have an interest in a governance role? There are two vacancies on the  Governance Committee as two long serving members have retired.

So if you are reading this and thinking - "I could do this!" to any of the above, and you have spare time available then I would encourage you to contact Wendy or Marie at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06) 7588-986, email or phone or text 027 541 0577  to find out more and start the conversation so that they can  explain more and register your interest.

Thank you for supporting those who make such a positive contribution to our local community.


Taranaki Cancer Society - Daffodil Day Volunteers

With your help…there is Hope!

The Taranaki Cancer Society is busy preparing for their popular annual fundraiser and is seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of Daffodil Day. 

As no Government funding is received the annual street appeal is essential in providing core services in health promotion, support and information.  All monies raised in Taranaki stays in Taranaki so your help will be of tremendous value to the wellbeing of your community.

This year Daffodil Day will be held over two days Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August, 2019.  Over the next few weeks as the Society prepares for this annual appeal there is a need for some volunteers to help with pre-sale deliveries and even one or two to deliver the Daffodil Day boxes to venues around the district on the day of the appeal.  On Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st 2019 a large number of friendly volunteers are needed to assist with the Street Appeal in New Plymouth City just a couple of hours will be of tremendous help and will make such a difference to the support the Society is able to offer our community. Most of us know someone who has benefitted from this support in some way and it is in part thanks to people like you who help collect donations during the annual appeal.

So if you are reading this and thinking - "I could do this!" and have an hour or two to spare on either day to help with this essential appeal then please register your interest by contacting Wendy or Marie at Volunteering New Plymouth  on (06) 7588-986, email at or phone or text 027 541 0577

Thank you for supporting those who make such a positive contribution to our local community.



Big Brothers Big Sisters is a successful international mentoring organization. BBBS makes a huge impact in the lives of the young people, aged 6 to 18, who are on the programme.

In Taranaki there are matches in Opunake, Hawera, New Plymouth, Waitara and everywhere in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters have been operating in New Plymouth for 12 years and have made over 300 matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is operated by a Trust in partnership with New Plymouth Police and Tamarind Taranaki Ltd.

Behind the scenes great care is taken by Mentoring Coordinators in matching each volunteer mentor and young person to ensure a consistent one-to-one relationship is formed. These friendships support the young person to develop their confidence and resilience as well as giving them opportunities to try new and exciting things.

One Hour. Once a Week. One Life.

From volunteer mentors Big Brothers Big Sisters ask for a commitment of a minimum of one year to their young person, giving them a valuable investment in their lives for a length of time that research has shown improves confidence and resilience. During their time together mentors will endeavor to see their young person each week for around an hour to do fun activities and build a friendship.

We do ask that mentors also hold a full drivers licence in order to pick up and drop off their young person.

If interested please contact Marie or Wendy at Volunteering New Plymouth on (06)758-8986 or 027 541 0577 or email them at to take the next step and find out more.

Thank you for supporting those who make such a positive contribution to our local community.