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An interview with Charlotte Welch-Cropp

Published on 22nd March 2017


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An interview with Charlotte Welch-Cropp

Charlotte Welch-Cropp volunteered as a Infrastructure Adviser with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) in the Solomon Islands in 2016 as part of the Downer / VSA Partnerships Programme. We asked her a few questions about her time in the Solomons... Read More

Victoria Gregory on International Volunteer Managers Day

Published on 3rd November 2016


Victoria Gregory on International Volunteer Managers Day

“One job. Many hats” is the theme of International Volunteer Managers Day for 2016, an event held annually on 5 November. The theme reflects the multi-dimensional skills that volunteer managers use when supporting volunteers. Read More

Johannes Gambo on International Volunteer Managers Day

Published on 3rd November 2016


“One job. Many hats” is the theme of International Volunteer Managers Day for 2016, an event held annually on 5 November. The theme reflects the multi-dimensional skills that volunteer managers use when supporting volunteers. Read More

An interview with Jan O'Neill from Downer

Published on 19th September 2016


An interview with Jan O'Neill from Downer

Downer, together with VSA, are doing great work in the Pacific – from building classrooms and libraries in the Solomon Islands, to helping ChildFund in Timor-Leste improve their internal organisation. Rob Egan from VSA's Communications team recently interviewed Jan O'Neill, EGM People and Culture at Downer to get more of... Read More

An interview with Paul Bedggood, Programme Manager (Bougainville)

Published on 10th March 2016


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An interview with Paul Bedggood, Programme Manager (Bougainville)

Paul Bedggood is VSA's Programme Manager (Bougainville). We asked him a few questions about his role and how VSA became such a big part of his life... Read More

Zika Virus Update

Published on 27th January 2016


The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been in the news recently. While there have been a small number of cases reported in the Pacific, at present there are no travel advisories from the New Zealand Government. Read More

An interview with Raewyn Tretheway, Programme Manager (Bougainville)

Published on 5th May 2015


An interview with Raewyn Tretheway, Programme Manager (Bougainville)

 Raewyn Tretheway is VSA's Programme Manager (Bougainville). She lives in Arawa. Read More

An interview with Howard Iseli, Programme Manager (Papua New Guinea)

Published on 13th March 2015


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An interview with Howard Iseli, Programme Manager (Papua New Guinea)

Howard Iseli is VSA's Programme Manager (Papua New Guinea). He lives in Kokopo, East New Britain. Read More

An interview with Andrew Johnston, Programme Manager (Vanuatu)

Published on 3rd October 2014


An interview with Andrew Johnston, Programme Manager (Vanuatu)

Andrew Johnston is VSA's Programme Manager (Vanuatu). He lives in Luganville with his partner, Janesha Bhana. Read More

An interview with Anita Edgecombe, Programme Manager (Solomon Islands)

Published on 26th September 2014


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An interview with Anita Edgecombe, Programme Manager (Solomon Islands)

Anita moved from Wellington to Honiara in August 2014, to take up the role of Programme Manager (Solomon Islands). Read More

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Recent comments


  • Comment by Riana Schoeman on An interview with Charlotte Welch-Cropp
    "It is so great to hear from you Charlotte and it looks like it was a great experience and I know you would have made a difference to the people you worked with." - Riana Schoeman
  • Comment by Lois Webster on Bern Green, Tonga 1972
    "Hi Bern
    Gawd am I glad to have found you. Saw that you left a condolence message for Barry Mcgrevy on the New Zealand Herald. Can you contact me? My name is Lois and I am a volunteer with hospice who, along with many many other fine folks at hospice, saw Barry through his last days...Sure wish we'd known you were there. Is iit possible that you come to Auckland tomorrow(Thursday, 23rd) at 9:30am for a short service that will be held at Mercy Hospice (61 College Hill)? Give me (or husband Steven) a call at 09-378-4648 or 027-543-2005. Cheers
    PS: I can't believe you taught in Tonga in 1972, the year my husband and I came from America to settle in NZ. We know Wings Trust well... and we know Tonga well...will tell you why when we talk
    Hopefully, Lois" - Lois Webster
  • Comment by Elizabeth Harper on Bern Green, Tonga 1972
    "Hi berne found this article a identify I was in Tonga at holonga in 1972
    Would love to hear from all the guys who were there.

    Liz" - Elizabeth Harper
  • Comment by Kalena Jordan on An interview with Ryan Brown, Programme Manager (Polynesia)
    "Hello Camleen, you can find out everything you need to know about volunteering via our web site: http://www.vsa.org.nz/what-you-can-do/volunteer-overseas-hub/
    " - Kalena Jordan