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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9 April 2024

Pacific Island National Societies sustainability planning pushing ahead

Pete Scott, our Pacific Programmes Lead, International Operations is just back from a three-day hui in Fiji with Pacific Island National Societies and funding partners.  

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20 March 2024

Annual Day of Remembrance 2024

On 19 March 2024, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held its annual Day of Remembrance. Each year we honour and pay tribute to our colleagues who have lost their lives or who have been seriously injured while performing their humanitarian duties.

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19 March 2024

Variety the secret to a great meal

For a man in his 90th year, Ron Donnelly is committed to keeping active. He still has his driver’s licence, talks or texts his two children nearly every day and retains a sharp wit. And through Meals on Wheels, Ron gets something he deems just as important – “variety”. 

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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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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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