Wellington, New Zealand – 20 August 2021

New Zealand Red Cross is continuing to deliver essential services to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Our nationwide Meals on Wheels service continues to operate with New Zealand Red Cross teams across the country delivering meals to 1,000’s of clients. This is deemed as an essential service, our teams are well equipped and are following all the necessary COVID-19 healthcare requirements.

Our specialist teams of staff and volunteers will continue to provide support services to former refugees as they settle into communities across Aotearoa New Zealand, continuing to provide much needed support to their clients during this time of change and instability.

Our First Aid team is also responding to need with the delivery of online courses focused on dealing with stress in times of uncertainty.

In the event of a disaster, our Disaster Welfare and Support Teams can be activated to support emergency services if needed. Our people are well equipped with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) wherever we might be needed to deliver services to the front line.

New Zealand Red Cross is making sure the most vulnerable people in the community are receiving the services they need.

If you would like to help New Zealand Red Cross support people in vulnerable situations you can donate here.

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For interviews or more information

National Communications Manager, Helen Clifton, 04 495 0139.

Background

The Red Cross 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.

Here are some of the ways New Zealand Red Cross works in Aotearoa New Zealand.