International Development and Disaster Relief  
together we can change lives

Rotary New Zealand assists its partners in providing support to those living in poverty or affected by natural disasters. Our goal is to create sustainable outcomes - in the form of a hand up rather than a handout.

Join us in our efforts to relieve suffering and poverty in developing countries. Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, is at the heart of everything we do.

We provide:

Disaster relief. When our Pacific neighbours require immediate assistance following a cyclone, tsunami or earthquake, we distribute Emergency Response Kits. Once the initial response has passed, we help local people rebuild their lives. This might involve repairing homes, schools and hospitals, restoring water supplies and sanitation, and so on.

International development. We assist struggling communities make long-lasting improvements to their economic and social circumstances. We provide funding, project management expertise and experienced mentors to build capacity in affected communities so that they can become self-sufficient.


Emergency Response Kits

People can lose everything, including loved ones, when disaster strikes. You can help in a practical way. Help survivors get through the first days by providing Emergency Response Kits. Kits contain basic equipment so that a family can construct a simple shelter and clothe themselves. There are essentials such as tools, toiletries, first aid supplies and household items.

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Eradicate Polio

We need your help to create a polio-free world. Your donation helps us vaccinate children. For 30 years Rotary has worked with its partners towards eradicating this highly infectious and crippling disease but there are still children who remain unprotected. As long as one child remains infected with the virus, children everywhere are at risk. Help us immunise children now.

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Partner Projects

It’s all about teamwork. Without your generosity, partner projects in developing countries cannot be funded. But it takes more than money to really change lives. It takes compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves, expertise in many areas, stewardship, mentoring, capacity building and a can-do attitude – all of which we are able and keen to facilitate.

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Disaster Relief

Working with Civil Defence and other agencies in the Pacific, Rotary New Zealand provides rapid response when there are humanitarian crises such as the devastating floods in Fiji. Donations help us provide Emergency Response Kits and other basic needs. We also support and work with our partners in the recovery phase.

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Emergency Response Kits

We are urgently seeking donations to position Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) close to vulnerable areas in the Pacific. This year El Nino weather patterns are likely to bring cyclones and floods to certain areas. Read more and find out how you can help under News on this page.

Distributing ERKs to remote areas can be very challenging as this short video (made by a Rotary volunteer) demonstrates. ERKs provide the basic essentials to families who have lost everything in a disaster.

Contact Us

For further information call +64 3 3599218
or send an email to info@rnzwcs.org


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Tonga has been badly affected by the El Nino drought which has destroyed crops, caused soil to deteriorate and made it difficult for farmers and households to grow sufficient food.

Rotary New Zealand together with partners in Tonga have been providing water tanks to vulnerable Tongan communities to help deal with the effects of the drought. 

Farmers and households will receive agricultural supplies such as vegetable seeds and crop-tolerant seedlings and hand tools like watering cans, hoes, spades and wheelbarrows where needed. Any donations, large or small, enable us to continue this vital work.

Cheques payable to RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand) (address on this page) or by internet banking: 03 1702 0192208 01 (please put your name in the reference field with code 303) or at any branch of Westpac Bank using the account above, or donate to Disaster Relief on this page.


The Pacific is likely to take a battering in the coming months as El Nino weather patterns threaten to affect 4 million of our neighbours. Predictions indicate that the impacts could be more severe than in 1997/98 when much of the region was devastated. The current drought in many Pacific nations could be followed by cyclones and floods.

Rotary wants to position supplies near at-risk areas so that when the need arises, relief can be delivered immediately. While donors often want to give to a specific event, we need donations now so that we can pack and ship supplies.

Please use any of the donation options above. If you choose internet banking, put your name in the reference field with code 303 or donate to Disaster Relief on this page.