New Zealand Red Cross area councils lead, coordinate and nurture our organisation and our humanitarian activities across areas of Aotearoa New Zealand.

To help manage our people and activities, New Zealand Red Cross has 'areas' across the country.

Each area has its own area council, which is formed by a nominations process, and if necessary, elections. In 2023 to support a reduction in the number of councils the National Board merged existing councils together.

Area councils from 1 July 2023

Area 1

Te Tai Tokerau me Tāmaki Makaurau

  • Alyson Maioha 
  • Amanda Aye 
  • Celia Brandon 
  • Jean de Bruyne
  • Ronal Reddy  
  • Dilukshi Thurairajah
  • John McLean – Area Council Chair
  • Nancy Kareroa-Yorke – Area Council Deputy Chair
  • Uma Maheshwari Chinni 

Area 2

Waikato me Te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi 

  • Alan Paterson 
  • Corolyn Stephenson 
  • John Ware
  • Linda Richards 
  • Brydon Sundgren
  • Micah Roughton – Area Council Chair 
  • Nicholas Webb
  • Peter Mackay 
  • Rosalie Davidson – Area Council Deputy Chair
  • Ryan Henderson 

Area 3

Taranaki, Manawatū–Whanganui, Te Matau ā Māui, Te Tairāwhiti

  • Allen Little 
  • Anne Babbage 
  • Barbara Herbert 
  • Beverley Chisnall 
  • Beverley Keenan 
  • Bonnie Plested
  • Christine Littlejohn 
  • Frank de Lange – Area Council Chair
  • Heather Harvey 
  • Jennifer Beaven 
  • Krystal Boyes 
  • Sandie MacDiarmid 
  • Tayler Everett

Area 4

Kāpiti, Pōneke, Wairarapa

  • Jake McPhee 
  • John Kennedy-Good
  • Marty Barrett 
  • Pakiarani Black – Area Council Chair 
  • Ruth Holland 
  • Saba Vallipuram 
  • Chris Kalderimis
  • Lauren McInnes

Area 5

Te Tau Ihu me Te Tai o Poutini 

  • Brenda Williams 
  • Carol Keoghan 
  • Dixie Lane 
  • Janis Lennon 
  • John Davies 
  • Katie Robinson 
  • Leonie Renton 
  • Marie Lindaya 
  • Martin Bolland 
  • Nathan Hume 
  • Rachel Wilson – Area Council Chair
  • Raelene McMullan 

Area 6


  • Anne Ellis 
  • Denise Tully 
  • Jocelyn Jones
  • Judith Skevington 
  • Lynette Lovett 
  • Malcom Walker 
  • Scott Fantham 
  • Stephen Davis – Area Council Chair
  • Stephen Manson 
  • Warwick James Armstrong 
  • Casie Glover

Area 7

Ōtākou me Murihiku

  • Adrienne Henderson – Area Council Co-chair
  • Christabel Earl 
  • Daniel Wilden
  • Geoffrey Tompkins  
  • Hannah Gentile  
  • Jane Wilson – Area Council Co-chair
  • Janene Callander  
  • Lorraine Pringle  
  • Michael Templeton  
  • Rachael Strang 

To contact your nearest area council email and the team will put you in touch.

Area council map

New area council map as at 1 July 2023


Area council responsibilities

Area council members support Red Cross people in their area, helping to motivate, inspire, and empower them to carry out their humanitarian work.

Area councils have four main areas of responsibility:

  1. Governance and leadership – developing a membership base and supporting local Red Cross branches, groups, individual members, and staff, and the National Board.
  2. Communication and relationship building – sharing information and building relationships with members, staff and other organisations.
  3. Planning and monitoring – leading the planning and oversight of activities in their area.
  4. Integrity – protecting the integrity of New Zealand Red Cross by ensuring members understand our values and principles and follow the expected standards of behaviour.

All area council chairs meet as a group regularly with the National President, the Secretary General and staff to share ideas and discuss work.

Refer to section three of the Members' Handbook for detailed information about area councils and how they work.

Member’s Handbook

National leadership

In addition to leading activities in their own area, each area council elects five representatives — known as delegates — to be members of the National Council, which is our highest governing body.  This ensures all areas have a voice in decisions which affect all members. Each area must appoint at least one delegate who will be aged 18 to 30 in November 2023.

The National Council meets every year in the first weekend of November.

Read more about our structure

New area model provides practical benefits 

Positive changes and new ways of working are helping the New Zealand Red Cross have more impact thanks to our new area model that has been operating since 1 July.  These changes include fostering strengthened relationships, better connections, and stronger representation for youth councillors. 

Read more about the benefits