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Save the date: VSA's Annual Congress is on November 7

Published on 3rd September 2015


Save the date: VSA's Annual Congress is on November 7

Save the date for VSA's Annual Congress and Dinner on November 7, 2015. Read More

What does climate change mean in the Pacific

Published on 19th August 2015


What does climate change mean in the Pacific

In 2014, VSA launched its Award for Excellence in International Development Journalism. The winning story, judged by author Lloyd Jones, lawyer and broadcaster Linda Clark, Radio New Zealand International’s deputy news editor Don Wiseman and VSA CEO Gill Greer, is by Anabel Lusk. Read More

A lawyer in paradise: changing the way you do your career

Published on 5th August 2015


A lawyer in paradise: changing the way you do your career

When people think about Volunteer Service Abroad they may think that it’s been around a long time (more than 50 years), it’s sent a lot of Kiwis overseas, (close to 4000), Sir Edmund Hillary was a big influence (founding president) – but they don’t necessarily think about the law. Read More

Sir John Todd, VSA Life Member, passes away

Published on 30th July 2015


VSA is saddened to hear that Sir John Todd, VSA Life Member, passed away on July 29. Read More

Tim Beaglehole, VSA Life Member, passes away

Published on 24th July 2015


Renowned Wellington historian and VSA life member Tim Beaglehole, 82, passed away suddenly in Wellington on 18 July 2015. Read More

Musical Kiwi takes flight in Samoa with VSA

Published on 22nd July 2015


Musical Kiwi takes flight in Samoa with VSA

Henrietta McNeill grew up living in different Pacific countries, a sun-soaked childhood that sounds idyllic. But being exposed to the realities of the Pacific, including poverty and hardship, inspired her to return to work with her former neighbours to give more people a chance at a better life. Read More

A Pacific health crisis

Published on 1st July 2015


A Pacific health crisis

In May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released new figures showing that nine of the 10 most obese countries in the world are in the Pacific. The WHO's Pacific Health Systems and Policy Team Leader, Dr Ezekiel Nukuro, described the Pacific as being in a “crisis”, with three-quarters of all... Read More

Selling soybeans: a Kiwi success story in Timor-Leste

Published on 30th June 2015


Selling soybeans: a Kiwi success story in Timor-Leste

VSA volunteer Pat Martin worked as a Communications and Marketing Adviser with World Vision Timor-Leste. He met Tennant Fenton, a fellow VSA and World Vision volunteer, to explore Tennant’s soybean project. Read More

Regrowing a country

Published on 29th June 2015


Regrowing a country

Category 5 Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu in March. The country’s losses and recovery show how important food is to a country’s wellbeing – not only as sustenance, but also as an income, a central focus for community and an opportunity for a better life. Read More

Cabbage, caterpillars, chickens and the cyclone

Published on 29th June 2015


Cabbage, caterpillars, chickens and the cyclone

Pauline Webber joined Vanuatu volunteer Jill Greenhalgh to see how residents are rebuilding after Cyclone Pam. Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Paul on Dodo rediscovered
    "Strange it wasn't filmed! Hoax!" - Paul
  • Comment by Mary Little on VSA to work with UN Women to reduce gender inequality in the Pacific
    "Kia ora Moana,
    Thanks for your comment. I'll send you an email with some details about how to get involved with this kind of work with VSA.
    Cheers,
    Mary (Comms officer)." - Mary Little
  • Comment by Moana Teiho on VSA to work with UN Women to reduce gender inequality in the Pacific
    "I would love to be a part of this helping women Ecole stronger to become advocates themselves would be a great goal. I would like to volunteer. I'm a nurse 47yrs old with 7 grown children 4 girls & 3 boys..I have 6 girl grandchildren. I'd love to do volunteer work with children n women and their families I am hospital pediatric trained nurse and currently work in comumity. I have had 7 years experience in a medical specialties ward at starship childrens hospital in Auckland NZ working with high complex needs and 3 yrs working in the community with our people. Domestic violence and elderly abuse are part and partial of the issues I deal with a weekly basis I hv bn involved in DV screening & reporting at starship hospital which is procedural quality monitoring & safety tool used on admissions to ward and followed up wen there is a confirming disclosure. I'm not sure if this is the volunteering I could be suited for but have a passion for the rights of women and children to live a life of equality and safe from exploitation and violence in addition my skills and life experiences confirm my ability to identify with women n children going thru abuse. I am cook island/Tahitian/Maori woman with deep cultural connections that will enable me to identify to my indigenous peers n face inequalities in racism which also affects our women and children at another level. If there is a chance I can be used anywhere I would dearly love to be contacted." - Moana Teiho
  • Comment by Laurie on Dodo rediscovered
    "Funny thing, the lighting in your photo is not the same throughout. The bird is not illuminated in the same way. Clever concept, but it has to be fake. Nice try!" - Laurie