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

Help us create a polio-free world. All children including those in challenging environments need the vaccine to protect them from this paralysing and potentially fatal disease. Rotary and its partners have been working to eradicate polio for 30 years. While the incidence of polio has plummeted by 99.9%, we must sustain the progress until transmission stops. Please mark World Polio Day, 24th October, with your gift.

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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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Gift Cards Launched to Help Pacific Neighbours

When disaster strikes in the Pacific, our Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) are in hot demand. When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji last season, we distributed over 1000 Kits to families who needed shelter, bedding, tools, medical supplies and other absolute essentials to survive.

During the crisis, Rotarians and other donors began asking whether we had gift cards. They told us they wanted to be able to gift a Kit or some of its contents to a friend or loved one as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or memorial present. We responded immediately and can now offer gift cards to our donors.

How does it work? Make your donation to our Emergency Response Kit cause on this page, then send us an email with the name and address of the recipient and amount you have donated. We will post a gift card to your friend or family member on your behalf.

As a Registered Agency for Charitable Services CC26860, your donation qualifies for a tax credit. Thank you for your generosity.

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


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Rotary New Zealand in collaboration with The Salvation Army have launched an appeal to provide practical help to families whose lives, homes and communities were torn apart when Cyclone Matthew hit Haiti in late September. 

Latest reports estimate over 1000 people have died and one and a quarter million need immediate and ongoing humanitarian assistance.

Hurricane strength winds persisted for over a week as rising flood waters and mudslides took away homes and other buildings, bridges and infrastructure. Flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern especially in the areas of Aux Cayes, Port-au-Prince and Petit Goave where a bridge has collapsed, blocking an important thoroughfare to the city. 

The Salvation Army responded immediately at evacuation shelters with supplies of food, safe drinking water and clothing. They also visited and provided support to those able to remain in their homes, all needing basic supplies for their health and wellbeing at a time of physical and mental anguish. 
In Southern Haiti, where the destruction was especially brutal, The Salvation Army schools and community centres opened to host vulnerable people, many of whom had lost homes to violent winds and falling trees. 

Without the intervention of organisations such as The Salvation Army, there is a heightened risk of waterborne diseases including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and malaria.

Rotary New Zealand asks Rotarians and members of the public to please donate to the Haiti Appeal. Donate via internet banking to account 03 1702 0192208 01 adding 333 in the reference field, via givealittle or to Disaster Relief on this page. Thank you.