Structure and leadership

Our members are central to our organisation's structure.


Members make up our local branches and groups. Members also come together to form our area councils. Area councils from each region have representatives at National Council. The National Council elects our National Board, which governs our organisation.


Along with governance, the National Board also appoints our Secretary General. Our Secretary General appoints staff, who support members as they volunteer, deliver services, raise money and promote the work we do. Our National Youth Panel represent a youth perspective at a governance level.

Board charter (PDF)
Code of conduct for members and volunteers (PDF)
New Zealand Red Cross Constitution (PDF)