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

Volunteers at the heart of Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross has more than 10,000 selfless volunteers who contribute their knowledge, skills and time to various people, programmes and projects.

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Volunteers help with flooding

At 5am on Saturday morning New Zealand Red Cross volunteer, Gypsy Chant, began evacuating people from her community in Whanganui as flood water rose around her.

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Red Cross launches emergency appeal for flooding

Red Cross has been responding to the severe flooding across the country and has launched an emergency appeal to further help the people hardest hit.

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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

Nepal - One month on

Tens of thousands of people in Nepal are still in urgent need of emergency shelter before the impending monsoon season.

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Second major earthquake hits Nepal

Red Cross teams in Nepal are on high alert following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on 12 May, which was centred near the town of Namche Bazaar, near the base of Mount Everest.

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Red Cross respond to devastation in Nepal

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has mounted an emergency response operation following the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April. Authorities so far report more than 5,000 people have died, 11,000 have been injured, 1 million families displaced and more than 8 million affected in Nepal.

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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