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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13 May 2024

Ukrainians finding work through Red Cross’ employment service

Olga and her daughter Kseniia arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand eight months ago carrying just their backpacks. They were the last of her immediate family to leave Crimea - a Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia.

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19 March 2024

Baghdad to Baldwin Street – the Imran family journey

As Jaafar Imran recalls this chilling warning, it is hard to imagine the struggles the family went through to begin a new life in New Zealand. Along with his wife, Ghusoon Khasmir, and four children – Sajjad, Mustafa, Murtadha and Fatimah – Jaafar recently celebrated his one year Kiwi anniversary, settling into their new lives in Dunedin.

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16 January 2024

Southland’s hospitality helps new Kiwis to settle well

Southland community has welcomed former refugees with warmth and kind hearts as they rebuild their lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. Samuel, Nelson, and Leudy are just three of the 353 former refugees who have come to Southland since New Zealand Red Cross began providing settlement services in Invercargill in 2018. They all had to leave their original homelands – countries such as Colombia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and they bring with them a wide range of skills and diverse cultures.

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9 November 2023

Araiteuru marae welcomes former refugees with a pōwhiri

Araiteuru marae in Ōtepoti Dunedin recently welcomed manuhiri | visitors including former refugees who are building their lives in Aotearoa, with a special pōwhiri.

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22 August 2023

Red Cross Journey 2023

Sign up to Red Cross Journey this September to follow one of four incredible migration journeys taken by thousands of refugees.

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