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Storylines can only achieve what it does, nationally reaching out to thousands of New Zealand children and their families, with the help of its dedicated body of volunteers. 

Join us to encourage New Zealand children and young adults engage with books, and help make our events and activities a success.

Email childlitnz@storylines.org.nz to offer your services or read on to find out more....

Planning, organising
People who enjoy planning and making things happen are very welcome on Storylines various committees.
These groups include:
  • Storylines Management Committee (Auckland based) and its specialist sub groups (Events, Communications, Festival, Awards and IBBY)
  • Storylines Festival regional committees responsible for organising the Family Days in Northland, Auckland, South Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin 
  • Special roles: taking on specific tasks e,g, the Awards are organised by an Administrator who reports to the Management Committee.  Other key jobs, like editing the e-newsletter and convening the Notable Books selection panel, are also taken by people doing their valuable work outside the MC.  
  • Anyone with special skills - e.g. publicity, catering, good local contacts - are always welcome.   
Helping on specific occasions
Help is hugely appreciated at special Storylines events held over a day or weekend. 
These can include assisting at:
  • the six fun-filled Family Days run during Festival week - some 60-80 volunteers are needed in each region to make these days run smoothly. See the many ways you can help on the Storylines Festival Volunteers page.
  • drivers or navigators for the three Story Tours
  • helpers to deliver brochures and/or posters to key places
  • special adult events - e.g. seminars, workshops, the Big Kids Lit Quiz, author visits etc.




The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 



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Storylines welcomes support for all its activities and events. Whether as sponsors or as volunteers for Festival events or task groups, your contribution (large or small) towards helping children grow up to love books and stories will be hugely valued ...