UNICEF NZ was established in 1974 and is one of 33 National Committees around the world.  

In New Zealand we:

  • Advocate for children’s health and wellbeing and for their rights to be recognised, working in partnership with other agencies and government to address issues such as child poverty and abuse.
  • Provide educational resources on global development issues and children’s rights.
  • Manage donor projects, working closely with UNICEF field offices and our Pacific regional office to ensure funds are spent wisely.
  • Raise funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving projects and programmes around the world through emergency appeals, pledge and gifting programmes.

We do not receive any funding from the United Nations. UNICEF’s work is supported by thousands of New Zealanders young and old, from all walks of life. In addition we call on the prominent kiwis like Hayley Westenra, Jonah Lomu, Mike McRoberts, and Gareth and Jo Morgan who, as UNICEF NZ Ambassadors, help us raise awareness of children’s issues.