We are encouraging schools to take part in our exciting volunteering day – ­ connect your school, and interact with your wider community, to come together and Serve for NZ on Anzac Day.

We understand there are a new generation of young people ready to volunteer for their communities: We hope Serve for NZ encourages them to be inspired by service, and that translates through the projects that you carry out in your school.

We think your students should be encouraged to come up with their own volunteering ideas, but here are some ideas to get them started:

  • School tidy-­up: As a competition between classes, choose different parts of the school and have a big tidy­-up of the environment
  • Heading to the closest park / beach and having a clean up
  • Community tidy­-ups: Choosing a street & helping the neighbours in their gardens
  • Cleaning up + decorating your community’s Anzac War Memorial, and creating a school-led service


Check out these 2016 projects led by schools around the country:

Limehills School

The Limehills War Memorial has had a new lease of life thanks to students and teachers from Limehills School. The students fixed fences at their local memorial site, weeded and cleared grass and rubbish as part of #ServeforNZ – fantastic work team! 

Omokoroa Point School

An army of 206 students and 12 teachers from Omokoroa Point School (near Tauranga) collected rubbish and cleaned up their local peninsular for one hour. Omokoroa Point School thank the UC Student Volunteer Army for “inspiring us into action” – what an awesome way to display the spirit of service in their local community! 

Planting in Kaikoura

Kaikōura students and community members planted 400 trees along the banks of Lyell Creek.

The planting was organised by Environment Canterbury, Kaikōura Water Zone Committee, Kaikoura Youth Council with funding from Fonterra through the Grass Roots Fund, and with thanks to Canterbury Water Management Strategy. Stunning work from all!

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Thank you for pledging your time to #ServeforNZ!

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