Kiwi volunteers keen to lend a hand

(RNZ 2011) Tuesday 13 July 2010
Kiwi volunteers keen to lend a hand
The programme is supported by Volunteer Ambassador Michael Jones.

People across the country have been putting their hands up to fill the more than 5,000 volunteer roles required for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011).

Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) Volunteer Programme Manager Brendon Ward and his team have been on the road for the past month, letting people know about the opportunities available and providing some key information about what is required and how to get involved.

The Volunteer Road Show included 38 sessions held in towns and cities across the country beginning in Dunedin on June 14 and ending today in Tauranga.

Said Mr. Ward, "The Road Show has been a great opportunity for us to get out and talk to people about what volunteering is all about. You can see how excited everyone is about hosting RWC 2011 and so many people are really keen to get stuck in and do their part to make this Tournament a success."

The number of Road Show attendees in some of the larger centres, indicated the high interest in the programme. The session in Wellington's CBD was attended by over 600 people, as well as great turn outs in Auckland and Christchurch and other smaller regional centres.

One of the objectives of the Road Show was to manage people's expectations of what is required to be a RWC 2011 volunteer.

"It's really important to let people know what they are signing up for. Volunteering is not a way to get a free ticket to the game but it is a great way to build skills and experience; and contribute to creating a great event.

Volunteering does take a special kind of person - you need to have a great attitude, be committed and motivated," said Mr. Ward.

A range of volunteer positions are available, covering every area of the Tournament. People interested in volunteering are encouraged to look through the information provided at before registering.

Registrations are now being received online at