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Welcome to the webpage of the most important event of the year!

Here you will be able to read the amazing stories of our 2023 nominees, our proud sponsors and our supporters. For now, browse around, and check out our guest speakers for the 10th Volunteer Recognition Event and our MCs.

Nominations for volunteers will be open in March. Stay tuned on our social media!


"In a world where you can be anything be kind".

Meet the MCs

Janetta Mandeno

Janetta is a local celebrant for marriages, civil unions, and any ceremony. Her voluntary roles are extensive including Whatunga Tūao | Volunteer Central as an office volunteer, Stylist with Dress For Success, and St John on the Outreach Therapy Pets programme.


​Get in touch with Janetta:

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Lyal Brenton

Lyal is the Palmerston North Town Crier. He has extensive voluntary roles including Big Brother Big Sister mentor, Board Member of the Just Released Accommodation Trust and an active volunteer with Manawatū Marine Boating Club.​

Get in touch with Lyal:


Meet the Speakers

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Chris Atherton
Volunteer Central Chairperson
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Grant Smith
Mayor of Palmerston North

Rangitāne o Manawatū
Pink Sand

Get to know last year's 32 nominated volunteers.

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