"What is important with development is: do it as part of a partnership" – Rt Hon Helen Clark

At VSA, partnerships are the foundation for all the work we do. We bring together New Zealanders and our Asia-Pacific neighbours to share their skills and experience, working to transform lives and create a fair future for all.

Together with our partners in New Zealand and across the Pacific in the business, public, academic and NGO sectors, we work alongside governments, business and communities in the Pacific to build lasting positive change that will continue for generations to come. This is achieved through programme development and delivery, skills exchange, and fundraising.

VSA gives great importance to manaakitanga, meaning we value respectful partnerships, working and learning together, cross-cultural understanding and the spirit of volunteering.


Our Partners in New Zealand and Regionally 


The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) delivers the New Zealand Aid Programme by drawing on the knowledge and skills of a wide range of people and organisations to provide a wide range of goods, works and technical expertise. They are a key partner for VSA.

We currently have agreements with over 14 partners, ranging from fellow NGOs to large multinational companies and UN agencies. 

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Partnering with VSA

Whether you’re an NGO, a government agency or a private sector organisation, becoming a VSA Partner will give you access to our expertise as an international development agency working through volunteers to achieve lasting, positive outcomes.


“We believe that our partnership with VSA is a game changer for the graduate recruitment industry. By recognising that young people want more out of their jobs, we are providing an avenue to create those opportunities for them. On-the-job training is a significant part of the learning curve at Downer, but we know that the practical application of engineering skills is only one part of
the secondment.” 

– Jan O’Neill, EGM People and Culture, Downer New Zealand

Learn more about Downer

World Vision

"This is a significant partnership for World Vision. It provides another way for Kiwis to make a hands-on contribution by lending their expertise to our economic development programmes in the Pacific."

– Chris Clarke, Chief Executive Officer World Vision 

Learn more about Trevor Gatland’s experience with World Vision in Timor Leste

UN Women

"I feel real ownership from VSA, that we’re in this together, and they really work to support our mandate… I’d say we have 20-30% more impact in our work because of the work of VSA volunteers.”

– Aleta Miller, representative for UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office

Read about media training for women journalists and parliamentary candidates in Samoa


“ADRA’s development projects in the Pacific are being enhanced with the involvement of VSA volunteers who not only gain the experience of a lifetime, but are able to truly make a difference where it counts.”

–Victoria Fray, former International Programme Director, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) New Zealand

Learn more about ADRA