Red Cross stories

Read our stories filled with humanity, resilience and the spirit of volunteering. They show how your support is helping vulnerable people in New Zealand and around the world.

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11 July 2024

On the ground in Wairoa

When Wairoa flooded for the second year in a row last month, our Disaster Welfare Support Teams were soon there to help.

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Krystal Boyes and Nick Webb unload supplies in Wairoa after 2024 floods - P6A5940

7 May 2024

Relaunching the international humanitarian law collection at Napier Library

On 8 May 2024, Napier Library re-launched their international humanitarian law collection. First opened in 2006 by then New Zealand Red Cross National President Jocelyn Lady Keith CBE, the collection is once again available to the public after the library refurbished their buildings. The following is the speech delivered at the relaunch event by our current National President Kerry Nickels.

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A woman smiling while wearing a fundraising bib and holding a donation bucket

15 March 2024

Helping generations

Many of the homes in the small Hawke’s Bay community of Waiohiki have stayed in the same family for generations. Kiriana Laison is the fourth generation of her family to live in her home – her children are the fifth. The night flooding from Cyclone Gabrielle arrived, Kiriana was worried she had not only lost her home but her entire community – and her family. 

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9 February 2024

A year on: Full $28.5 million committed to community disaster relief

Update 15: A year after Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events in early 2023 we’ve committed the entire New Zealand Disaster Fund to helping people and communities affected.

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Home Bundles recipients, Hend Selim and Laila Abd El Gawad

29 January 2024

Six decades of service recognised

Napier local Joan Cockburn received a Service Award which recognises her 60 years of service to Red Cross.

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Three older women standing together

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