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Mastercard Cares

Mastercard donation provides post-trauma support to those affected by the Christchurch Mosque shootings

While over a year has passed, the people impacted by the Christchurch Massacre continue to feel its affects. Thanks to a generous grant received this month from Mastercard, frontline charities supporting those affected have some extra help.

This week United Way NZ distributed $65,000 to Christchurch Resettlement Services, 180 Degrees Trust, Waitaki Multi-Cultural Council, 298 Youth Health Centre, Youthline Central South Island, Aoraki Migrant Centre, PIPS Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support and Compassion Trust to continue the important work they do helping those affected by the tragedy to continue to heal. Thank you Mastercard for remembering those affected.

"It made my week to receive and distribute a grant of $65,000 from Mastercard to eight frontline charities to help them continue their critical work supporting those impacted by last year’s Christchurch Mosque Massacre. Thank you Mastercard for recognising that the process of supporting individuals and communities to heal continues long after the event itself"
Heather Rankin, United Way NZ Grants Manager

Support for South Auckland FOOD BANK urgently needed

Budgeting and Family Support Services, Mangere need our help, as their existing building has sold and they urgently need to relocate their community services and food bank. Without community and local business support, this essential service may very well have to cease operating.

Click here to donate (100% of your donation goes to the charity, less credit card fees)

Budgeting and Family Services is an essential frontline organisation and needs financial assistance to continue to provide the Food bank and services for families in South Auckland. Without funding, their Food Bank may not be able to provide the high volume of requests for food from people who are struggling and have lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There has been a huge increase in demand for this Food Bank, due to a massive growth in food insecurity. 

Budgeting and Family Support Services require donations to meet the demand from the South Auckland communities. The Food Bank operates for those in genuine need of food from 9am to 2pm each day, Monday to Friday and has an office and communications available for food requests and family support services.

Budgeting & Family Support Services are based in Mangere, Otara & Tuakau providing support to families and individuals with a range of social services; as well as raising the issues affecting low-income families/whanau right across Aotearoa. For the past 23 years they have  provided a wide range of innovative and quality focused family services and now they need your help to continue to serve the community.

#Unite20 makes it easy to donate

#Unite20 is a fundraising platform

Designed to help many frontline charities who are providing necessary services due to the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. 

We’re asking everyone who can, to donate $20 or whatever you can afford, to help a frontline charity

  • United Way New Zealand research is now showing that over 98% of Kiwi charities have been directly affected by Covid-19 and 88% of charities are in need if additional financial support
  • Charities are expecting demand to continue to grow for another 6-12 months.

100% of your donation (less a card processing fee), goes directly to Frontline Community Charities in need of financial support. You can also choose which charities to support.




All charities have been identified for their hard work in the community by United Way's online COVID-19 community need surveys and verified by United Way's staff and community volunteers as requiring urgent support

Donate to the United Way COVID-19 Quick Response fund

Charities are the backbone of our communities.

Results from the United Way NZ survey, with over 390 responses from nationwide charities, show that 98% of community charities have been directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and 74% of the charities are in need of additional finances so they can support their communities.  

United Way (NZ) are working to advocate and obtain additional support for charities around New Zealand, especially for the next 6-12 months as we feel the effects in communities from COVID-19.

  • If you would like to regularly donate to the United Way COVID-19 Quick Response fund, please click on the box in the top left hand corner of this page.
  • If you want funding to go to a specific region in NZ, please put this in the comments.
  • If you would like to donate to the Christmas Shoebox Appeal, every $10 supports you with a special box to fill and support to get this to a child in need 

We are all in this together, Kia kaha.

About Us:

The United Way (NZ) Charitable Trust is an organisation who has connected donors with community for the last 45 years, with our largest donor being The Tindall Foundation, who we have worked with for 21 years. United Way (NZ) has helped over 3000 community charities through its community grants scheme. We have in depth knowledge about community needs in New Zealand. 
United Way (NZ) works efficiently and effectively with our networks to promptly distribute the donations received. We engage our United Way volunteers with our transparent processes, to ensure donations meet the needs in the community.
*United Way (NZ) donations are securely processed by Stripe, the e-commerce platform behind millions of businesses and charities worldwide.

Thank you to The Tindall Foundation

Thank you to The Tindall Foundation for donating to the COVID-19 Quick Response Fund. This has allowed United Way to already distribute $125,000 to the following community charities in need of Financial assistance due to the COVID-19 Outbreak. 

29 Charities have been helped through this fund to date: 

  1. Life to the Max in Whanganui - Support for young people and families in need.
  2. Te Ora Hou Whanganui - Youth and family support.
  3. Birthright Whanganui - Supporting single parent families in need.
  4. Wai Ora Christian Community Trust in Whanganui - Providing food, shelter and essentials to families and have opened their orchard to those in need.
  5. Manawatu Rural Support Services - Supporting families in the rural community who are dealing with a drought as well as COVID-19.
  6. Housing Advice Centre in Manawatu - Working right across the community to help individuals and families with a housing needs.
  7. Just Zilch - Manawatu Food Rescue, working with local food banks during level 4 and supporting homeless people.
  8. Palmerston North Neighbourhood Support - Connecting neighbours and people in the community who are: both lonely and frightened, supporting elderly parents, disabled or vulnerable family members (mental health issues), have cancer & needing medication and people needing food and essentials.
  9. Waimate Link in South Canterbury - Connecting families and people and taking Calls for Civil Defence
  10. Fale Pasifika o Aoraki in South Canterbury - Providing support packages and information to the local Pacific Island community – classed as an essential service presently and working from Community House. Looking after over 200 families with food packages.
  11. Centrecare Counselling Waimate - Providing Counselling to families and people, who are in need of mental health and well-being support.
  12. Drug Arm Canterbury Working with community organisations to help the Homeless, vulnerable and marginalised.
  13. English Language Partners Canterbury - Supporting new immigrant and refugee families. Running online classes and providing phone support for families and home-based learners. They currently have 91 learners online which has increased from 49 within a week.
  14. Foodbank Canterbury - As an essential service organisation who are providing food to families and community organisations.
  15. The Hope Community Trust Canterbury - Providing a food bank and have Counselors providing support online services.
  16. Canterbury Mens Centre - Supporting men in Canterbury and their family relationships.
  17. Birthright Canterbury Trust - Supporting single parent families and their children. Families who are already isolated having no family supports and many rely on Birthright workers for support.
  18. English Language partners Otago - Helping refugee and new immigrants navigate through COVID-19. In Dunedin ELP now has 128 learners online, which was 86 in the previous week.
  19. KiwiHarvest Otago - Helping distribute food to families and community groups. Donations go to fuel costs and vehicle costs which have risen due to the increase in demand.
  20. Pregnancy Help Dunedin - Providing practical support to families and their babies by sending packages out via courier.
  21. Youthline Otago - Helpline and community connection with youth.
  22. Corstorphine Community Hub in Otago - Running a Food share - 24 families (with 104 in total), adults and children receiving help. Working with Kiwiharvest for supplies for low-income families.
  23. Garden to Table Dunedin - Helping children and families with online resources for cooking and growing food and support co-ordinators helping with community connections.
  24. Volunteering Otago Trust - Working with Civil Defense to provide services for families and communities in need.
  25. Southland Youth One Stop Shop - Providing social services remotely by phone & online with youth coaches, transition coaches, and case manager working from home.
  26. Able Charitable Trust (Southern Family Support) - An essential service that covers all of Southland. Very busy during lockdown. Preparing/delivering food parcels, creating pod casts for mental well being, remote counselling, etc.
  27. Tuatapere Community Worker Support Trust - Arranging shopping, food parcels. High level of volunteer assistance.
  28. Youthline Southland - Helpline and community connection with youth.
  29. English Language Partners Southland - Helping refugee and new immigrants navigate through COVID-19. In Southland ELP now 43 online learners, which was 18 the previous week.

Still the need within our community continues, please donate to this fund so we can help further charities applying for assistance.


Support Youth Suicide prevention

Donate for youth mental health support and youth suicide prevention.  The current Covid–19 situation is having a dramatic and negative effect on the young people we support at Youth in Transition, some of whom are in desperate situations.

Youth in transition are supporting 180 vulnerable young people who can be experiencing a sense of alienation and loneliness and currently they are not able to come to the office which is often their “Safe Space” or have physical contact, face to face counselling or attend peer support groups has added hugely to their anxiety, putting them even more at risk.

Family situations are a crisis in their own way – Young people are now having to spend considerable lengths of time with their families. Since we entered level 4 lockdown, one young person has been subjected to violence, abuse and extreme levels of stress from a drunken and mentally unwell single mother and was unable to reach out to us for help.

Counselling is being provided over the phone or via Skype/Zoom to keep in touch with distressed young people. 

Financial implications – Several of our young people are unable to pay rent or have food. Landlords are threatening to evict these young people. It is proving really difficult to get assistance from WINZ as they are overloaded and are only offering a limited service, the foodbanks we usually go to are also completely overstretched.

Major funders are not accepting applications at present and Youth In Transition have also lost a valuable stream of income through the closure of our OP shop which was paying for a counsellor’s salary. If this continues they will have to lay off staff.

Youth In Transition. They are a charitable trust that is dedicated to helping young people find a life worth living. Offering high-quality affordable counseling to the community, this charity has already helped hundreds of young people aged 10-24 and their families.

Youth in Transition is a group of skilled, dedicated and passionate people committed to supporting any young person, their family and close friends, on that journey – for however long it may take.

Please donate here 

Support Shine

Help support ShineThe Covid-19 lockdown is necessary to keep you and all New Zealanders safe during this global pandemic. But for too many kiwis, home is where the danger lies. Those having to stay home with an abusive partner are feeling nervous, anxious and more isolated than ever right now.

The demand for Shine’s support from our front line staff in Auckland and through our national Helpline has already started to increase, while our access to resources and additional support have become difficult or have stopped.

Our two refuges have gone into lockdown, so we now need to provide emergency accommodation in motels for people escaping their violent homes. Many are leaving with literally the clothes on their backs.

As Shine can not accept donations of food and clothing due to the lockdown, we are looking for donations to ensure we are able to purchase clothing, food, medication, etc for clients entering our service.

Shine operates a national Helpline and two women’s refuges in Auckland, offering short-term accommodation for women and their children who are at risk of further harm from domestic abuse. Having two refuges means that Shine is now able to provide access to refuge at most times of day and night, including on weekends and maintain a national Helpline.

To Donate please click here

The Charity Ball of 2020

The Charity Ball of 2020, has been postponed until Friday 9th October due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Charity Ball of 2020 is to be held at KPMG conference rooms overlooking Auckland's viaduct harbour. 

Join United Way NZ in a fun night of music and art! Raise funds and enjoy yourself at the art exhibition and silent auction.

Drinks and refreshments will be available throughout the night with live music by Anabac and an Art Exhibition and auction by Xabilities

Through the generous donations of you and your workplace, United Way NZ will be supporting charities championing youth well-being & suicide prevention. 

Proceeds go to youth charities: The Crescendo Trust Of Aotearoa, Youth In Transition, YES Disability Resource Centre, United Way's Youth fund and Reading Oasis literacy programme.

For tickets please visit

Thank you to our sponsors of The Shoebox Campaign

1022 Box of Presents where distributed thanks to the following sponsors of the United Way NZ 2019 Christmas Shoebox Campaign

Chubb Insurance 
Dow NZ
Grant Thornton 
Cavell Leitch
NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Valocity Global
Ignite Architects
The Factory
Crombie Lockwood
Marsh Insurance
Otago Polytechnic
Polson Higgs
MTF Finance
Forsyth Barr
US Consulate
Ara Institute 
Gallagher Bassett NZ Ltd 
Kohler NZ
Zumba ladies from ZLAB & ZSWAGG
Storage King
The Engine
Software by Catalyser
Clever Social
The Crate - for Storage area 

On behalf of the children who received the boxes of presents,

we would like to thank you all for wonderful contributions and your kindness 

Thank you Kohler NZ

Shoebox Campaign a success with Kohler NZ

United Way NZ would like to thank the staff of Kohler NZ who put together boxes of presents, for children who would otherwise be going without this Christmas. Some of the presents included these special Englefield Yellow Ducks, especially for the younger children to have fun with. Thank you for Living United and caring for children in our community Kohler NZ.

United Way NZ is working with Budgeting & Family Support Services in Mangere, Otara & Tuakau, to distribute the presents to Children of families experiencing hardship this year in South Auckland.