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Storylines Festival Volunteers

Volunteers needed.

We need your help!  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.
For a day's commitment, or perhaps several weeks' helping with planning and organisation, the rewards are considerable: meeting top authors, illustrators and storytellers, meeting kindred spirits who love children’s books. And of course, the greatest reward of the smiles on the faces of the children.

The Trust is greatly appreciative of the crucial work contributed by volunteers, both those who return regularly each year and those new to the occasion.   

Some of the roles we need help with are:

Ahead of the Family Days

  • people to deliver brochures to bookstores, supermarkets, schools, cafes etc and put up posters ahead of the Festival 
  • drivers and navigators for separate days of the Story Tour in Auckland and Northland.

And on the Family Days: 

  • volunteers to be responsible for specific areas
  • help with NZ book-related art and craft activities 
  • face painters 
  • fairies, other dress-up New Zealand characters, readers
  • minders for authors and illustrators
  • minders to help with school groups
  • venue guides
  • general floor duty, answering questions, giving directions 
  • catering – helping with tea, coffee, lunches etc
  • floor managers
  • stage managers
  • help setting up
  • help packing up
  • help for art and craft activities
  • runners to take messages and do errands
  • and more…
To register your interest for your local Family Day please email your local Regional Coordinator
Please provide us with your name and contact details, and how you'd like to help.
To help the regional coordinators allocate the right person for the right task, please provide information about your experience and skills. 


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 ...