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Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. The Red Cross Fundamental Principles guide all we do, whether we're helping people in New Zealand communities or providing urgent relief in an international disaster.
These seven principles are our lifeline, connecting us with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the 190 National Societies throughout the world.
Humanity - Te Ngākau Atawhai
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.
I ahu ngātahi mai te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura i te wawata ki te āwhina – mā te kore whakapainga kanohi – i a rātou e takoto tūākiri ana ki te kauhanga riri, ā, ko tana whāinga mā tōna āheinga ā-motu, o te ao hoki, ko te ārai me te whakamauru i te mamae o te tangata, ahakoa kei hea. Ko tana pūtake, ko te tiaki i te oranga me te hauora, me te āta whakarite i te whakaaro nui ki te tangata. Ka whakanuia te ngākau kotahi o te māramatanga, te whakahoanga, te mahi ngātahi, me te pūmau tonutanga o te rangimārie ki ngā tāngata katoa.
Impartiality - Te Tōkeketanga
It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
Kāhore he whakapainga kanohi mō te noho whenua,te iwi, ngā whakapono hāhi, ngā tūranga, ngā whakaaro tōrangapū rānei o te tangata. Ko tana whāinga, he whakamāmā i te mamae o tēnā me tēnā, ko ō rātou matea anake ka ārahi i ngā mahi, ā, ka aro nui i te tuatahi ki a rātou e tino pēhi rawatia e ngā āwangawanga.
Neutrality - Te Whakaraupapa
In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
Kia pūmau tonu ai te whakamanawatanga o te katoa, ka noho taharua te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura i roto i ngā kekeritanga, ā, kāhore hoki e whai wāhi atu ki ngā taupatupatu e hāngai ana ki ngā take o te tōrangapū, o ngā iwi, o ngā whakapono, o ngā whakaaro kaupapa rānei.
Independence - Te Tū Motuhake
The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.
Ka tū motuhake te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura. Ahakoa te whai wāhi o ngā kāhui ā-motu hei rōpū e whai wāhi ana ki ngā ratonga ā-tangata o ō rātou kāwanatanga, ahakoa ka whai pānga anō hoki ngā ture o ō rātou whenua ki a rātou, me ū tonu rātou ki tō rātou tū motuhake, kia āhei ai rātou ki te whakatutuki mahi mā ngā Mātāpono o te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura i ngā wā katoa.
Voluntary Service - He Ratonga Tūao
It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
He ratonga hāpai tūao te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura, ā, e kore rawa ngā mahi e kōkirihia hei painga ake mā tātou tonu.
Unity - Te Kotahitanga
There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
Kia kotahi anake te Rīpeka Whero, te Kāhui Ānau Kura rānei e mahi ana ki te whenua kotahi. Me noho wātea tēnei rōpū ki te katoa. Me kawe haere taua ratonga i āna mahi ngākau atawhai, puta noa i taua takiwā.
Universality - O te Ao
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
Ko te Rīpeka Whero o te Ao me te Kāhui Ānau Kura tētahi ratonga o te ao katoa, ā, he rite tonu te tūnga o ngā kāhui ratonga katoa, ka whakatutuki ngātahi hoki rātou i ngā kawenga me ngā mahi, hei tautoko tētahi i tētahi.
The Fundamental Principles in Action
Fundamental Principles in Action | Introducing the Fundamental Principles
What are our Fundamental Principles and what they are for? In this video, our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) advisor, Rebecca Dudley explains the Red Cross’ seven fundamental principles; Humanity, Impartiality, Nuetrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality. She also looks at how they are organised and used to help drive and enable the Red Cross mission – to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience.
Fundamental Principles in Action | Our principles and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
What do concepts of bi-culturalism and treaty partnerships mean through a lens of the Red Cross fundamental principles? In this video, our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) advisor, Rebecca Dudley explores this practical question.
Fundamental Principles in Action | Independence and partnership with faith-based groups
Does the principle of ‘Independence’ mean we should not partner with other service delivery entities including faith-based groups? In this video our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) advisor, Rebecca Dudley proposes four practical considerations for partnerships consistent with the Fundamental Principles.
Fundamental Principles in Action | Humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy
Can Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement be part of the work that could be described as diplomacy and advocacy? In this video our International Humanitarian Law (IHL) advisor, Rebecca Dudley has answered this practical question.