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Join the Auckland Port Crew!



The call is out to recruit volunteers to form the Port Crew for the 2015 Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The organisers are looking to recruit 300+ volunteers to fill a huge variety of roles when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet arrive in Auckland in February 2015.


“The Port Crew will be key to the success of the Auckland Stopover,” says Ruth Tuiraviravi, Head of Volunteers. “It’s a wonderful chance to get involved in an extraordinary event as the fleet races into Auckland from Sanya. During the Stopover there will be all the celebrations in the Race Village, the In-Port racing and then the excitement of the Start of Leg 5 to Itajai, Brazil as the fleet departs into the incredibly testing conditions of the Southern Ocean.”


If you’re interested in volunteering, please register here . Once you are registered, you will be emailed job descriptions for the different volunteer roles and you can choose which to apply for.


The Race Village will be open from Friday 27 February to Sunday 15 March. Some volunteer roles start before the Stopover, others are for the duration of the Stopover or limited to certain days within the Stopover.


“We have a longer Stopover next year,” says Tuiraviravi. “We know that there’s a limited number of people who will be able to volunteer for the full 17 days of the event so we will be creating job shares and different shift patterns this time to enable as many people as possible to get involved.”


The 200-strong team of volunteers was central to the success of the last Auckland Stopover. Volunteers filled every role imaginable during the Stopover – from website reporters and Volvo Ocean Race Simulator guides to visiting schools escorts and sailing academy assistants.


Volunteering can lead to major career opportunities and that’s exemplified by the team organising the Auckland Stopover. General Manager Grant Calder, Marketing & Communications Executive Geraldine O’Kane and Tuiraviravi all began their career in events by volunteering.


“I volunteered for the Auckland Marathon back in 2007,” says Calder. “It was my first step on the events ladder and led directly to my first paid job in marketing. Volunteering gets you invaluable experience and, equally important, a network of contacts. It was the best thing I ever did.”


O’Kane, a former project coordinator for Mighty River Power, agrees. “I volunteered for the media team at both the 2010 World Rowing Championships and the 2012 Auckland Stopover and loved it. Now here I am, working professionally on the next Stopover.”