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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10 October 2023

Helping those still cleaning up

More than half a year has passed since Cyclone Gabrielle caused tragedy and destruction across Hawke’s Bay and the East Coast. Ōmāhu man Shayne Nuku and his family are still counting the cost – but that hasn’t stopped them from rolling up their sleeves to help others still cleaning up.

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Shayne Nuku building site

5 October 2023

Uber x Red Cross Clothing Drive – donate from your doorstep

We're teaming up with Uber to make donating easier than ever!

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A woman wearing thrifted clothes that are black, white, and red

21 September 2023

Investing in resilience: ASB joins Disaster Response Alliance

ASB is our newest Disaster Response Alliance partner. The Disaster Response Alliance is a critical way for businesses to provide ongoing support for our disaster response work and to strengthen community resilience.

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DWST volunteer 2

18 September 2023

Staying with communities through long-term recovery

Update 13: We’re still working with communities as they move through their longer-term recovery. Read about our support for individual grant programmes, grants for mental health initiatives and how we’re helping people move home with the Red Cross Home Bundles programme.

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8 September 2023

You never know when you’ll need to use first aid skills

Jaimee Astle, our Senior Web Advisor, recently attended a first aid course at our Christchurch Service Centre, not knowing that within half an hour of finishing the first day of training, she would need to use the skills she'd just learned – and twice in quick succession.

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Jaimee Astle conducts first aid training

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