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Local NZ Based Initiatives

Help for Ukrainians fleeing the war and moving to NZ

  • The Ukrainian Refugee Relocation Trust was established in March 2022 by Mahi for Ukraine and is managed by an Independent Trustee – Perpetual Guardian (the trading name of Perpetual Trust Limited).  All funds raised (incl. direct donations) will be held in the New Zealand Ukrainian Refugee Relocation Trust and used for the benefit of Ukrainians relocating to New Zealand to escape the war. Our account details for donations: 02-0108-0306765-003 (IMPORTANT: please use the following client number as your reference when doing transfers: 3010211430). Atawhai for Ukraine – if you are a Special Ukraine Visa holder currently based in New Zealand, you can apply for a support package through the Ukrainian Refugee Relocation Trust’s initiative “Atawhai for Ukraine “, the URR Trust details can also be found on this page.
  • Aroha for UKraine ProjectWe have collated the Aroha for UKraine submissions from Kiwi kids and they have been made into a book called “Aroha for Ukraine”. At this time, we can only publish it as an e-book digitally, but we are fundraising to produce print copies that we can gift to the Ukrainian children and families who have come to New Zealand since 15 March 2022. Would you help us? – Find out how here | Read the book here.
  • If you are a Kiwi who would like to offer some help to Ukrainians arriving in NZ (e.g. accommodation, material items donation, complementary or discounted service, employment offer, or any other), please fill out UANZ THIS FORM and tell them about it so that they can connect you to our community members. This form and data, collected through it, is managed by the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand (UANZ), Mahi for Ukraine does not hold or process any of this information. Alternatively, if you wnat to get in touch with the Mahi4Ua team you can email us directly with your offer of help (email subject: “Refugee help offer”).
  • UANZ support form. If you are a Ukrainian, who recently arrived or are soon to be arriving in NZ to escape the war, and seeking support, please tell UANZ about it by filling out THIS FORM, so they can try and match you with the offers of help they receive from generous New Zealanders. This form and data, collected through it, is managed by the Ukrainian Association of New Zealand (UANZ) Northern Inc, Mahi for Ukraine does not hold or process any of this information.
  • Also, check out our EVENTS & INITIATIVES page for any current ongoing initiatives.

Support Ukrainian-owned business in New Zealand

  • Check out THIS PAGE on our website for the list of Ukrainian-owned businesses in NZ and their details.
  • Razom Platform (a ukrainian marketplace in NZ)

Got a job for Ukrainians in NZ?:

Adecco Group – Jobs for Ukraine platform

  • How does it work? The Jobs for Ukraine platform is a free-to-post platform for any company looking to offer opportunities for displaced workers. An Adecco expert team of Ukrainian and English speakers is dedicated to supporting candidates and connecting them with companies. Follow THIS LINK to find out more and register your company if you’re an employer.

NZ Red Cross – Pathways to Employment for Ukraine program

  • How does it work? From March 2023 NZRC started supporting Ukrainians who are sheltering in New Zealand, to find meaningful employment. Details on how to access this program are provided on the NZRC website. To find out more about their migration employment services programme Pathways to Employment, please visit this page on helping refugees find a job. If you are an employer with job opportunities – please get in touch with the community liaison advisor, Andrew Sknar, at You can contact Andrew in Ukrainian, English or Russian. For more detials and how you can support check out this interview. You can also view a summary of current candidate profiles avaialble here.

Official Ukrainian Government Fundraisers & Resources

Helping Children

Other Recognised Initiatives

Global & Ukrainian

  • Come Back Alive – Supplying Ukraine’s defense forces with defensive equipment. Armour, bulletproof vests, night vision goggles, etc.
  • Army SOS – Supplying Ukrainian soldiers with necessary medicine.
  • Prytula Foundation.
  • LGBTQIA+ – Ukraine Support Organisation: Insight Ukraine.
  • Revived Soldiers Ukraine – A non-profit to help wounded soldiers, and their rehabilitation.
  • Unite With Ukraine – The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) fundraiser.
  • UkraineNow – a global decentralized effort to help Ukrainians and other nations deal with the humanitarian crisis and consequences of a brutal invasion by the Russian Federation.
  • Repair Together is a Ukrainian student volunteer collective and initiative to help rebuild, repair, and restore communities that sustained damage and suffered from Russian occupation (sort of an equivalent of the Student Volunteer Army). Instagram: @repair.together
  • Ukraine Crisis Appeal (Australia) is the largest Australian tax-deductible fundraising effort for Ukraine. It is a collaboration between: the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations; Rotary Australia World Community Service; and  Caritas Ukraine. It was established in 2015 to help provide emergency and humanitarian aid to those affected by russia’s war in Ukraine. See the latest update on their fund here.

New Zealand Led

  • Kiwi K.A.R.E Givealittle. Kiwi K.A.R.E (Kiwi Aid & Refugee Evacuation) is operating in Ukraine delivering essential supplies and evacuating civilians from dangerous areas, and is led by Tenby Powell. With over three decades of military service in the NZ Army, a successful business career, and service on government boards, Tenby is funding his own way while in Ukraine and now seeks help with sustainable funding for Kiwi K.A.R.E.
  • The UANZ collaboration with Rotary NZ World Community Service is aimed at addressing the emergency medical needs of people in Ukraine, supplying food, and goods of first need, and assisting in support of displaced Ukrainian communities worldwide. This support is being organised through the network of the Rotary clubs and the Rotary Districts in Ukraine and Poland. The donations into the UANZ – Rotary scheme are tax deductible.                          Account # 03-1702-0192208-01 Donation receiver: Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) Westpac, Reference 2232.
  • Doctors without Borders – “Healthcare workers New Zealand: Work a shift for Ukraine” initiative. Donate your earnings from a shift or day’s work to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who are providing medical humanitarian assistance to those affected by the war in Ukraine.
  • Humanity NZ (Owen Pomana GCS Ukraine – Chaplain Carlson Special Unit) – Kiwi Bank Global ministry account:

    38-9019-0007019-02 (please use “Ukraine” as a reference when donating). Owen is operating a respite home for our New Zealand soldiers in Dnipro (Ukraine), this is also being used by the UAF soldiers from time to time. There are currently few volunteers from NZ fighting in Ukraine as part of the Foreign Legion. Owen is also serving as a chaplain for a Special Forces Unit in the East of Ukraine currently. Additionally, Owen has been facilitating food and aid to civilian and military communities up into Donetsk and down to the Kherson region. And is also the charity ambassador for GCS Charity (a registered NGO in Ukraine and in the UK), and the East Ukraine representative to distribute RRT food boxes. Back  in 2021 -2022  Owen was nominated Local Kiwi Bank hero for Auckland for New Zealander of the Year, not only for his work in Ukraine but other community and charity work he has been doing back home in NZ for the last 8 years (including supporting a Women’s Refuge in West Auckland).  

  • ReliefAid was founded in 2015, by Kiwi Mike Seawright, with the vision of saving lives and alleviating the suffering of people affected by armed conflict through independent and impartial humanitarian action. By July 2023 they have delivered emergency aid to over 350,000 people in Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan. Following the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 Mike Seawright went to Ukraine to see how they could help. As a result, ReliefAid has been on the ground since March 2022 actively delivering humanitarian aid. Their aid interventions have included the distribution of emergency shelter materials, food, medical supplies, clothing, wood-fired stoves, and solar lamps. The aid deliveries reach people in front-line areas including Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Preobrazhenka, and Kherson (responding to the flooding). The team prides itself on being on the ground and able to respond swiftly to emergencies, ensuring that aid reaches those in urgent need in a timely manner. You can donate to support their efforts HERE.


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