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
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.
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.
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.
Helping 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.
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.
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.
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