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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3 March 2022

Always there in times of disaster – Westport floods

New Zealand Red Cross disaster response teams were there for the people of Westport as they faced their homes flooding for the second time in seven months. Two team members reflect on their experience and on a weary but strong community standing up to help itself.

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An aerial view of a flooded urban area.

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.

21 June 2021

Red Cross responds to weather events across the North Island

New Zealand Red Cross’ disaster response team members have been supporting people affected by the tornado which hit South Auckland on Saturday 19 June, while volunteers across the North Island are on stand ready to assist people affected by the wild weather.

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Destroyed belongings outside a house.

27 April 2021

Helping connect people in disaster zones

It was supposed to be a one-off volunteer offer to help people in his local community. Little did Ewan Coldicott know that it was the start of his humanitarian journey which would bring him to different parts of the world.

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People installing a satellite dish.

23 February 2021

Blog: From Aotearoa to Armenia, face-to-face with the unimaginable

In this blog, New Zealand Red Cross delegate Jessica Timings talks about her time in Armenia, helping the response to the needs of people fleeing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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Two women sitting together.

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