Volunteer at The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna, Auckland

For over forty years volunteers have been a key part of the PumpHouse Theatre family.

Volunteers were instrumental in saving the PumpHouse building from demolition, cleaning and rebuilding it and creating the wonderful vibrant theatre we have today.  But the work hasn’t stopped – we still need help to keep things going.  Why volunteer? There are many reasons but here’s a few we like here at The PumpHouse:


👩‍👩‍👧‍👦 Volunteering allows you to connect with others
It’s the perfect way for you to make new friends and meet like-minded individuals with common interests

It gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills – which can be particularly beneficial for people who aren’t naturally outgoing because it encourages you to branch out and make more friends and contacts

💪 Volunteering is good for your mental and physical health
Doing good for others and the community will provide you a natural sense of accomplishment and give you a sense of pride and identity.  This will help provide a healthy boost to your confidence and self-esteem

Researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure (by measuring hormones and brain activity). We are hard-wired to give to others, so the more we give, the happier we feel.


💖 Volunteering provides a sense of purpose
It can help you take your mind off your worries and keep you mentally stimulated.

Volunteering can even help you stay physically healthy! Studies have found that those who volunteer tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better-thinking skills

🏢 Personal and Professional Development Benefits
Exposure to different kinds of situations can help you identify your personal strengths and weaknesses and how to work on areas you struggle in

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills that you’ll apply at work including teamwork, communication, problem-solving, project planning, task management, and organization. You might feel more comfortable and confident in the workplace as a result.

Current Volunteering opportunities

Google AdWords Guru (1 hour a week)

We’re looking for someone with Google AdWords experience and knowledge of Google Charity Grant conditions to help us keep our AdWords account up to date.  You could do this at your place or at The PumpHouse.

Community Networker (2 hours per week)

We’re keen to establish a network of local businesses who would be happy to display posters or host flyers for events that are coming up at The PumpHouse.  The role will involved calling on local shops to make a connection and gain permission, then visiting regularly to update their poster and flyer stock.  You would need to be fairly active you as may have to do a lot of walking – and be a people person not afraid of making new friends!

Database support (2 hours per week)

We’re looking for someone with a good telephone manner who could ring around other organisations to collect contact information.  This will help us build a database of people and organisations who might want to get involved with or support their local theatre.  You’ll need to be comfortable with calling people and updating information on a computer. You could do this at your place or at The PumpHouse.

Reception Duty (Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm)

We need someone to answer the phone and look after the box office area on Tuesday mornings whilst the staff are in a meeting.  You’ll be answering the phone, taking messages and looking after visitors.  For the right person we can train you to sell tickets, too – but that’s not essential.

Gardening (a few hours per month)

We need people with “green thumbs” to help us keep the front garden of the Theatre under control. Weeding, pruning as necessary – some watering during the to Summer months.  If you know which plants suit which environments that’s event better!

Cobweb control (a couple of hours per month)

The PumpHouse is a large old building with lots of nooks and crannies that fill up with cobwebs and dust.  We’re looking for someone to help our team keep these things under control

Can you help?
If you think you can help with the roles above, or have other skills we might be able to use, contact Mags on 486 2386 or email mags@pumphouse.co.nz