Rīpeka Whero Aotearoa | New Zealand Red Cross

New Zealand Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world. With more than 9,000 members in Aotearoa, New Zealand Red Cross work to improve the lives of vulnerable people across the street and around the world. Red Cross has always been about good people doing good things. Working in New Zealand for more than a century, you can still find them lending a hand in your community and around the world.

Volunteering Opportunities

-Retail Support – Volunteering in a New Zealand Red Cross Shop is a great way to gain retail experience while supporting the Red Cross to improve lives. Through this opportunity you’ll be helping communities to be more sustainable and have access to affordable clothing.

-Good and Ready – Become a champion in your community today and take action to prepare your whānau, neighbours or communities for future emergencies.

-Community Fundraising – Host a quiz night, hold a bake sale, dye your hair or swim a swim-a-thon. There are hundreds of ways to raise funds! Head to Raisely to get started.

-Curtain Banks – Volunteer at a curtain bank and help warm the homes of families and individuals in the community who may have fewer resources.

-To find volunteering opportunities in your area, click here


-Youth Psychological First Aid is a powerful way of helping someone in distress. This course provides knowledge and skills that can help you provide emotional and practical support to someone after a crisis.

-First Aid – Learn how to save lives by taking a first aid course with New Zealand Red Cross. You can also gain NZQA credits and receive a first aid certificate.


Point of contact

0800 RED CROSS (733 27677)

Vision | Te Whāinga Matua

Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. The Red Cross Fundamental Principles guide all we do, whether we're helping people in New Zealand communities or providing urgent relief in an international disaster.

Purpose | Te Koronga

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.