(06) 354 6027   /   0800 865 2687
Ground Floor, Rm G7 Community House
77 King Street
Palmerston North
VRC Manawatu Resources Center



About Us

The Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts is a charitable trust established in 2005 to develop a volunteer centre in the region. The trust was initially supported by the Manawatu Promotional Trust and undertook investigations including many interviews, workshops and discussion groups to ascertain the need and potential structure of the centre.

The centre is a member of Volunteering New Zealand, a national body representing volunteer centres and the national bodies of organisations that involve volunteers. Volunteering New Zealand is strongly committed to volunteering. We are also a member of the Australian Association for Managers of Volunteers, Manawatu Chamber of Commerce, Palmerston North Community Services Council and SINCOSS (Social Issues Network Council of Social Services Manawatu).

There are more than a dozen Volunteer Centres in New Zealand and the Manawatu centre has received tremendous support and encouragement from our sister centres.

The centre is funded by various sources who have an interest in the local community. 

Volunteering is about:


"What you do for yourself alone dies with you. What you do for others and the world, remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

What we do

We promote volunteering activities in the region and are involved in many events and activities. Each year we hold the Volunteer Recognition Event to recognise some of the contributions volunteers make to our region.

Our key roles include"

* Priority given to members

 Our support for volunteers includes: 

Matching you with a role: We can help you match your individual skills and interests with a large number of groups who need volunteers.

Training: Supporting your understanding of what a volunteer is (and isn't).

Advocacy: Helping you with any questions or concerns you have about your volunteering journey.

“Voluntary work is done of one’s own free will, unpaid, for the common good.”

Our Coverage

Our trust deed covers the Palmerston North, Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua local authority areas. However, as with anything, there are grey areas and cross overs.

We generally are deemed to cover to Bulls, where Volunteer Whanganui  takes over. We work closely with our sister centres to help provide coverage and support across our region as we are able. 

We are unable to assist people who are not in New Zealand. However, if you have travel plans already in place and wish to volunteer once you are here we look forward to meeting you on your arrival. We engage with many migrants from all over the world and encourage our organisations to welcome the international flavour into their services. Palmerston North has more than 120 nationalities residing here and welcomes this diversity.

Please note: None of the roles we have on offer are suitable or meet any visa application criteria for entry into New Zealand, or for the purpose of extending a visa to remain in New Zealand. We are not an organisation that can assist in any way with visa applications and we do not intend to change our purpose or policies in order to facilitate this.


Our Board

The current members of the trust board of the Volunteer Resource Centre Manawatu and Districts have a number of years experience between them within the not-for-profit area, and in delivering services and projects within the community on a variety of levels. 

Board as at November 2017


Sarah Hughes

Sarah has been a member of the board since 2012. Sharing her experience in marketing and communications, she joined the board after her time on the Volunteering Hawkes Bay board.


Vice Chair

Mike Beer 



Richard Dryden



Donna MacKenzie

Donna Mackenzie



Donna joined the board in 2017. Her background is in financial and business analysis. She has a keen interest in volunteering and has been an Accredited Visitor for Age Concern for many years.

Board Member

Jeremy Campbell


Jeremy joined the board in 2017 after several years in an advisory capacity. His background is in strategic development, business improvement, business intelligence, and business insight.

Board Member

Margo Lawrence

Margo Lawrence

Margo has been a member of the board since 2015. Her background is in finance, project management, marketing and analysis, and she owned and managed an equestrian centre where she worked with many volunteers. Margo now works in IT.


Our Staff

Renee Dingwall - Manager

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Volunteers Administrator - vacant


Guy Dellabarca - Horowhenua Outreach Coordinator

Guy is responsible for promoting the benefits of volunteering to Horowhenua residents and attracting new volunteers and member organisations.

A printer by trade, Guy has also worked in real estate and been a house husband.

Guy loves getting out and about meeting people and describes his sense of humour as "way up there". "If you aren't having fun you're  not doing it right." 


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Renee Dingwall - Manawatu Outreach Coordinator 

Based in Feilding, Renee is responsible for promoting the benefits of volunteering to Manawatu District residents and attracting new volunteers and member organisations.

She has been working and volunteering in the community sector for most of her adult life.


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Annual Reports

Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2013-14