We’re looking for Red Cross people to join our Area Councils.

***Nominations have now closed, as of 5pm Sunday 31 March 2024.***

Our Area Councils lead, coordinate and nurture our organisation and our humanitarian activities across Aotearoa New Zealand. Area Councillors support Red Cross people in their Area, helping to motivate, inspire, and empower them to carry out their humanitarian work. 

Our Area Councils:

  • work to develop and retain a strong membership base in their Area
  • should be as representative of their Area as possible
  • support branches, groups, and individual members, as well as local employees
  • enhance the profile of New Zealand Red Cross in their Area
  • along with local Red Cross people, lead the planning of New Zealand Red Cross activities in their Area
  • protect the integrity of New Zealand Red Cross in their Area by ensuing members follow the Fundamental Principles, New Zealand Red Cross Values, Code of Conduct and relevant policies and procedures.

How to get involved

Opportunities to join our Area Councils take place through an annual, two-step process:

  1. Step one: Nominations
  2. Step two: Elections

Nominations are now open and close Sunday 31 March.

All Red Cross members are eligible to join Councils, and to vote - whether you are part of meals on wheels, retail or migration services or our community programmes. 

Step one: Nominations

To be elected, a New Zealand Red Cross member must first be nominated by two current members.

To do this you need to:

a.) Find two current members to support your nomination.
b.) Complete an Area Council Nomination Form (editable PDF, 167KB)
c.) Send the completed nomination form to membership@redcross.org.nz by Sunday 31 March 2024. 

The Membership team will send your form to the Area Council Chair, who will ensure the nomination form is correct.

The form is then sent to the Secretary General to proceed to Step 2.

Step two: Elections

Where there are more nominations received than there are vacancies, an election process will take place, with voting in May.

After Sunday 31 March we will assess whether an election is needed in any of our Areas. Nominees and their Area Councils will be notified of the results, whether an election is needed and what happens next.

If the number of nominations received either matches, or is less than, the number of vacancies in an area, those nominees are confirmed as elected unopposed.

If we do need elections, voting papers will be sent out in the post, so we need up-to-date membership details, including postal addresses.

You can update your own details online in just two minutes, or by calling the Contact Centre on 0800 RED CROSS (0800 733 27677).

Update your details online

Help make the elections a success  

Spread the word about the elections and who we’re looking for. Use our handy toolkit below to help you.  

Find out more  

Contact your local Area Support Team via membership@redcross.org.nz or by calling 0800 RED CROSS (0800 733 27677).