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 November 2023

Recovering peace of mind

We talked with Pimia Wehi about the community-led recovery taking place in Te Karaka after Cyclone Gabrielle, the mental and emotional toll of the disaster, and her experience of taking a Psychological First Aid course with Red Cross.

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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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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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17 August 2023

Giving hope in cyclone-torn Hawke’s Bay communities

Six months on from Cyclone Gabrielle, regional project manager Carol Ball reflects on her time working alongside the ‘phenomenal’ Hawke’s Bay community.

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14 August 2023

On the road to recovery in Tairāwhiti and Wairoa

Phil Parker’s been helping out on the East Coast since Cyclone Gabrielle struck a cruel blow to the region six months ago. We take a close look at his response work and what he’s experienced.  

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