High School students volunteer to support our speech makers

Michael at his award winning speech debut

Pou Whakaaro recently had  three students come from Whakatane High School to volunteer their time to help the People we Partner write their own speeches. 

Pou Whakaaro annually support a small group of young people with disabilities to go to Wellington for a speech competition organised by Rotary. 


We have had excellent success with placings and, last year, one of our group took out the National title. The speech topic this year is ‘My Hero’ and the speech is to be no more than five minutes long. 

Volunteer high school students Amelie, Becca and Scarlett were fantastic and did a really great job in assisting.  Our budding speech makers were able to utilise the speech writing skills of the volunteer students.  


The volunteer students were helpful, well-mannered and were impressive with the maturity displayed in their interaction with the people we partner, and we are thrilled with the result. 


We are looking for creative, organised and patient people to help support the people we partner with their micro businesses. Click here to see how your supports benefits the people we partner.

Examples of current micro businesses where you could help:

  • Paper making

  • Handmade cards

  • Reusable wax wraps

  • Sewing projects

  • Arts & crafts in our Cafe Gallery

  • Jams & Preserves

  • Gardening

  • Worm Farming


Pou Whakaaro will lead you through a full workplace induction where you will also receive training before you commence. 


You will enjoy helping people, have good communication skills and be a problem solver.

You will be working alongside a team member to support people one-on-one with their micro business or event.


Any week day between 9:00am and 3:00pm, locations in Whakatane and Kawerau, however if this doesn't suit please contact us to discuss an alternative. There are also some jobs you can do in your own time in your own home. 


There are many benefits to volunteering in your community, such as:

  • Giving back and helping others;

  • gaining new experiences and insights;

  • creating connections with people;

  • gaining a sense of accomplishment;

  • increasing your skill set and gaining work experience;

  • IT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Helping others makes you happier ! True Story. In a poll by the National Volunteering Network, 98% of respondents said volunteering has made them happier people. 

Once you have commenced with your voluneer programme, Pou Whakaaro are happy to supply a reference for any  CV, job or scholarship application. 

Learn More


Pou Whakaaro

40 Te Tahi Street, Whakatane

P. 07-308-8170

E. admin@pouwhakaaro.co.nz

Pou Whakaaro House
1 Bracken Street, Whakatane

P. 07-308-9430

Pou Whakaaro Kawerau
60 Onslow Street, Kawerau

P. 07-323-8170

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