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

Blenheim's community garden

What started out as a good idea just a year ago has literally borne fruit for migrants and low income people in the Blenheim area.

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Emergency training in Rotorua

The scene that greets the Civil Defence response teams is one of utter carnage.

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A local Christchurch hero

It was an ad in the local paper that first had Steffan Rolfe thinking about becoming a New Zealand Red Cross volunteer.

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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

Access to drinking water

When a wall of water came roaring down Honiara’s Mataniko River towards her riverside home Anna Maena only had enough time to grab her two children and run. She watched from a nearby hill as her home was swept down the river, leaving the family with just the clothes they stood in.

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Flooding in the Solomon Islands

Heavy rainfall has resulted in severe flash flooding in the Solomon Islands causing damage across Honiara and the Guadalcanal province.

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Standing by the survivors

Amid complex problems, Red Cross stands by survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami which devastated communities three years ago.

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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