NZ Post has a unique partnership with the NZ Red Cross, supporting its disaster management programme to build more sustainable communities. These initiatives include emergency response and disaster relief for New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.
When disaster strikes and the NZ Red Cross responds, NZ Post makes available support including logistics, postal and banking services, and volunteer mobilisation.
This partnership provides a dedicated NZ Post/Kiwibank account for Red Cross appeals, accessible through an extensive network of retail stores. This gives New Zealanders an immediately accessible and established channel to make donations within 24 hours of Red Cross launching an appeal.
In the past year, $65,000 was raised in this way to help those affected by the Kaikoura Earthquake and $7,000 for the Bay of Plenty floods. Since 2011 more than $630,000 has been donated, with 100% going to support those affected.
As part of the partnership, NZ Post supports Red Cross’ five Disaster Welfare and Support Trucks located around the country. This support means they can be deployed quickly in response to a disaster. The trucks can unpack to become a welfare support reception, providing shelter and food for up to 150 people. In the last year the trucks assisted more than 1,300 people affected by disaster in New Zealand.
Over the past six years NZ Post has made sustainability a key part of how it does business in the many sectors in which it operates. This includes how it engages with communities to support shared resilience building, growth and prosperity.