Disaster response team volunteer

Our disaster response teams respond to emergencies in communities across New Zealand.

Our disaster response teams are made up of highly committed, multi-skilled emergency service volunteers. They have a wide variety of professional backgrounds, delivering essential services during and immediately following a disaster. 

Team members train regularly. They will mostly train and respond to emergencies in their local area, but may travel throughout New Zealand supporting other Red Cross teams when needed. Our response teams are trained in a variety of skills, from first aid to ground-based rescue, which benefit both themselves and the New Zealand community.

You'll find our teams in our state-of-the-art disaster welfare and support vehicles, providing support and disaster services to affected communities. You’ll find them in Civil Defence centres – they’re the friendly faces looking after you and your family – and you’ll find them on the ground, mucking in and getting on with the job.

New Zealand Red Cross requires its people – employees, members and those that volunteer their time – to be fully vaccinated. If you are interested in volunteering for New Zealand Red Cross you will need to provide your ‘My vaccine Pass’ when required. This is important as we place our people at the heart of everything we do, ensuring we take steps to prioritise health, safety and well-being.

Find out more about what's involved.


  • Bay of Plenty | Rotorua - Ohinemutu

  • Bay of Plenty | Tauranga - Greerton

  • Marlborough | Blenheim

  • West Coast | Greymouth


  • Northland | Whangarei

  • Auckland | Auckland - Wiri

  • Waikato | Hamilton - CBD

  • Hawke's Bay | Hastings

  • Tairāwhiti | Gisborne

  • Taranaki | New Plymouth

  • Manawatū-Whanganui | Whanganui

  • Wellington | Paraparaumu

  • Wairarapa | Masterton

  • Nelson | Nelson - Tahunanui

  • Canterbury | Christchurch - Middleton

  • Canterbury | Timaru

  • Otago | Dunedin

  • Otago | Queenstown

  • Southland | Gore

  • Southland | Invercargill

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