UNHCR staff helping a Congolese refugee girl to go on a boat that will get her and her family back to DRC.
© UNHCR / Leonora Baumann

Aotearoa New Zealand for UNHCR unites caring New Zealanders – individuals, community groups and businesses – to support people fleeing conflict, disaster and persecution.

We advocate and fundraise for refugee protection, emergency aid, and long-term support and solutions, helping the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reach millions of vulnerable people each year.

With an unprecedented 114 million people now displaced worldwide, our work is more urgent than ever.

New Zealanders empowering refugees

Aotearoa New Zealand for UNHCR enables New Zealanders to contribute to global humanitarian relief work. Support comes in many different forms, such as donations to our emergency appeals, regular giving, community fundraising events, major gifts and corporate partnerships.

Your gifts provide life-saving aid to civilians fleeing the frontlines of conflict. They also support longer-term projects in healthcare, education and livelihoods.

Nobody chooses to be a refugee, but we can all choose to stand with refugees in their time of need.

A leading refugee voice in New Zealand

Established in 2022, Aotearoa New Zealand for UNHCR is at the forefront of education and advocacy, working with media, ambassadors and influencers to educate New Zealanders about the plight of displaced people around the world and UNHCR’s role in protecting them.

Aotearoa New Zealand for UNHCR is committed to operating at the highest ethical standards, and is a member of the Council for International Development (CID), complying with its Code of Conduct, and Fundraising Institute New Zealand (FINZ), adhering to its ethical practices for fundraising.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was established in 1950 to assist the millions of people displaced by World War II.

Today, UNHCR works in more than 130 countries around the world. UNHCR supports refugees fleeing across borders, people displaced within their own country, people seeking asylum, and people returning home or resettling abroad.

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