According to a Charities Services report Playcentre Aotearoa has the highest numbers of volunteers per week (average) of any charity in New Zealand, followed by St John, The Salvation Army, SPCA and the Arise Church.

Every year Charities Services collects information on volunteering as part of the annual return process for registered charities. This information helps to tell the story of volunteering and its impact in Aotearoa.

Playcentre Aotearoa Chief Executive David Moger paid tribute to the thousands of parent volunteers who run Playcentres across New Zealand.

“Playcentre could not function without our valued parent and whānau volunteers,” said Moger.

“However, the nature of volunteering is changing in New Zealand. There is more pressure on volunteers now, with the rising costs of housing, food and fuel meaning many whānau must have two incomes,” Moger added.

“This is causing pressure on all organisations like us who have volunteers at the heart of what we do, and it is becoming a real issue for us,” said Moger.

Playcentre Aotearoa is a nationwide charity with over 400 early childhood education centres operating across the country.