As emergency services pull together to help earthquake ravaged areas of New Zealand, acting Youth Minister Anne Tolley has announced funding to get young people involved in volunteering.
Nine communities will share $90,000 to deliver the Youth in Emergency Services programme for up to 15 young people each next year.
"Young people involved get to build their knowledge and skills, and it's also a boost for communities which can sometimes find it difficult to attract emergency services volunteers," she said.
Participants will spend two months learning about local emergency services before taking up two-month volunteering opportunity with their chosen service.
The $10,000 per community programme was introduced in 2013 and has so far been rolled out to 25 areas.
It will be launched in Dargaville, Whangamata, Katikati, Maketu, Blenheim, Nelson, Murchison, Waimakariri and Hokitia next year.