An introduction to Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is all about people.

  • People in need

    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.

  • Extra-ordinary people

    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.

  • People with guts

    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.

  • People like you

    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

New Zealand Red Cross is many things to many people – a hot meal, a safe drive to hospital or knowledge that our aid workers are helping overseas in true Kiwi style.

All services and education

Stories from ‘round here

First aid saves grandma

Eleesha Stevens, an 11-year-old student at Redwood School in Tawa, was able to put her first aid skills into practice just weeks after completing a Red Cross first aid course.

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Cycling sisters to meet their Cambodian family

Aucklander Solary Ha (pictured on the right) is cycling across Cambodia in October to raise funds for New Zealand Red Cross and meet her beloved grandmother for the first time.

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New Zealand Red Cross celebrates 100th birthday

This year we are celebrating one hundred years of humanitarian action, a century of Red Cross care in New Zealand and around the world.

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Helping around the world

Last year we sent 37 aid workers overseas, to over 20 countries, supporting 48 missions. We help communities affected by emergencies and conflicts all over the world. As we often say, disasters don’t discriminate – neither do we. More about our programmes

Stories from around the world

Security Training in South Sudan

The class erupts in peals of laughter, participants nudging each other and sharing anecdotes about the effects of alcohol and situations they have seen people end up in. But despite appearances this training session with 24 staff and volunteers from the South Sudan Red Cross is deadly serious.

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Kiwi nurse making a difference in South Sudan

When Judy Owen first met patient Lucia Aljack she couldn’t even touch the sheets on her bed without the injured woman jumping from the pain. A few months down the track she is teaching Lucia how to desensitise the stump on her amputated right leg by rubbing a small comb across it and how to exercise her remaining leg, which is badly broken.

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Displaced Syrians face another severe winter

New Zealand Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for an increase in winter aid to spare Syria’s displaced and refugees the plight of the oncoming season.

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Helping in the face of tragedy

We have seen the forces of nature bend and break our environment, but through this adversity we have witnessed the power of humanity. Our volunteers, members and staff are making a real difference every day. It’s what we do, it’s human nature.

  • Whanganui Floods

    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


Christchurch Earthquake

When disaster struck the garden city, New Zealand Red Cross were among the first to respond. We operated search and rescue, treated the wounded and provided clothing, cash and support to the people of Christchurch. See how we’re helping in Canterbury

  • Clean water distributed to 10,000 people

  • 12,750 Winter Warmer packs delivered

  • Donated to the cause

  • Over 100,000 grant recipients

Help us help those in need

Whether you have ten minutes, ten months or ten grand, you can help us out. You can volunteer in a shop, learn to save a life, get to know people in your community or take part in a fundraising event.

Donate, so we can keep doing all this