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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21 November 2022

Men making a difference helping former refugees settle well

“Quite a number of men are settled here on their own, through the quota system. Often, they’ve been separated from families involuntarily due to conflict – one of the people I am working with has a young son.” 

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Three men playing cricket with a child.

15 November 2022

"He just loved meeting people" – Soni’s story

We pay tribute to Wiremu Soni Rogan (known as Soni), veteran Auckland Meals on Wheels driver who brightened everyone’s lives. Soni died in August, but his legacy lives on.  

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A man handing another man a packaged meal.

3 October 2022

Local community rally to support new Kiwis

Steve, Ute, and Norton are three refugee support volunteers. They are among the twelve fully trained local volunteers with New Zealand Red Cross, ready and waiting to support Levin’s newest residents.

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A family of five sitting on a beach.

3 February 2022

Meet DWST Volunteer Kendra Roddis

Our Disaster Welfare and Support Teams (DWST) respond to emergencies throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Comprising 19 teams of highly committed, multi-skilled volunteers, DWST provides welfare support and psychological first aid to people impacted by disaster – which can be anything from earthquakes, floods and fires, to terrorist attacks.

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A woman looking into the camera.

25 June 2021

Meals on Wheels: 70 years of love and care across Aotearoa

June 2021 marks 70 years of New Zealand Red Cross Meals on Wheels service. The programme has developed in many ways over time, but the love and care from our volunteers have proven to be the lasting foundation.

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Three older women and an older man with packaged meals.

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