Volunteers are desperately needed to keep Arrowtown Plunket
Although the organisation recently acquired a new committee
member, it lost two others.
President Mel Greenfield said the centre was a sub-branch of
Queenstown Plunket, and it meant Arrowtown parents did not
have to travel far to access the many facilities, groups and
Mrs Greenfield said Arrowtown Plunket was "not yet" in danger
of dissolving but it could happen "if the committee members
continued to leave without replacement".
Every week the centre hosted activities such as an arts and
crafts morning "which is well utilised", a movement and music
session, visits from a Plunket nurse and breast-feeding
workshops every fourth Wednesday.
A Plunket appeal for funds was held annually and various
other fundraisers helped keep the centre operational.
Arrowtown Plunket was established in 1993 and the threat of
closing because of lack of volunteers and committee members
has been ongoing in recent years.
In April, Mrs Greenfield told the Queenstown Times
that committee numbers were the lowest they had been and
appealed for volunteers.
In 2008, the Otago Daily Times reported a lack of
members threatened to close the organisation and in an
attempt to attract new members, crisis flyers had been
distributed around Arrowtown village.
While families liked using the facilities, it was difficult
getting people to volunteer their time, she said.
People were busy, often with children.
It was difficult to find committee members, as well as
volunteers, Mrs Greenfield said.
"We never push it; we only ask as much as they are able to
Some days eight or more parents used Arrowtown Plunket's
programmes or facilities.
At present there were six committee members. The optimal
number was 10 which would even out the workload.
"Many hands make light work," Mrs Greenfield said.
"We will just sort of chug along like we have been for the
Anyone wishing to volunteer can call Mel Greenfield on (03)