The couple are members of Red Cross’ Whangarei Disaster Welfare and Support Team. Having been the team leader for three years, Victoria took some time out from her Red Cross volunteering in 2012 to focus on her full-time role in Civil Defence. 

Not long after her departure, Steve joined Red Cross and became team leader. The pair later met through collaborative work of the two organisations.

“Between us we have been deployed to the Canterbury earthquakes and Whanganui floods, as well as emergency events in Northland.”

In 2014, Victoria re-joined the team and they started dating. They got engaged in Queenstown in October 2016.

“Steve surprised me after a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain, and of course I said yes!” Victoria says.

Victoria and Steve’s four children, aged from 10 to 14, often join the team training, even staying overnight in mock Civil Defence Centres.

They’ve put their acting skills to use as ‘casualties’ and all four are keen to join the Disaster Welfare and Support Team when they are old enough.

“There’s great satisfaction in helping people in difficult situations. We’ve made amazing Red Cross family and friends across New Zealand,” the couple says.