An introduction to Red Cross
New Zealand Red Cross is all about people.
Hundreds of families seek refuge in New Zealand every year. Red Cross helps care for those whose lives have been forced to change as a result of natural disaster or conflict.
Week in, week out, Gerry and Jan deliver hot meals to people in Howick, Auckland, many of whom are elderly and unable to prepare the meals they need.
Andrew Cameron is from Hawke’s Bay and works as a health aid worker in areas of conflict, including Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq and South Ossetia.
Grace volunteers for our awareness campaigns and helps collect during Red Cross street appeals in Wellington. It’s easy to give your time to help those in need.
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience.
Helping New Zealand – Day in, day out
Help us welcome more new Kiwis
Here at Red Cross, we’ve noticed a huge outpouring of support for people arriving in New Zealand as refugees.
Thass, a former refugee living in Lower Hutt, dreams of opening his own restaurant. New Zealand Red Cross’ Pathways to Employment programme has supported him as he takes the first steps towards achieving his goal.
Healing through gardens
Anyone with a green thumb can tell you how therapeutic gardening can be. As the fifth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake approaches, more Canterbury communities are enjoying the benefits of gardening - thanks to a little help from Red Cross.
Helping around the world
Red Cross prepares for increased cyclone risk in Pacific
Red Cross is preparing to respond to more tropical cyclones this season, as the effects of a severe El Niño event are felt across the Pacific. More than 4.7 million people in the Pacific could be affected by drought caused by El Niño.
Small things that mean survival
In a dark room at the top of three flights of crumbling, water-logged stairs, Ameena sits with her two sons who both have severe disabilities.
Red Cross in Yemen - first to arrive, last to leave
New Zealand Red Cross aid workers don’t just respond to disasters, they are also working in conflict situations, providing healthcare and working to strengthen communities.
Helping in the face of tragedy
20 volunteers rushed to assist in initial response
Door knocking at homes in affected area and welfare centre support
Drought in the Marshall Islands
Four emergency response aid workers deployed with reverse osmosis desalination units to help make fresh water
Early recovery aid workers helping drought affected communities by making use of rainwater harvesting systems
Conflict in Syria
Emergency appeal opened to help support work of Syrian Arab Red Crescent
Health aid worker based in Beirut, Lebanon
Clean water distributed to 10,000 people
12,750 Winter Warmer packs delivered
Donated to the cause
Over 100,000 grant recipients