We go where we are needed most

What we do

We go where we are needed most

The overarching goal of all our work is “the sustained well-being of children within families and communities, especially the most vulnerable.”

Putting children first

World Vision New Zealand is part of the World Vision International partnership, an independent Christian relief, development, and advocacy organisation working to overcome poverty and injustice. We are united in our desire to seek justice and overcome poverty for children everywhere. Love drives us to serve people in need regardless of race, gender, age, location, religion, or social status. 

We have developed 15 outcomes to track aspects of child well-being as a way of measuring the impact across all of our work. The 15 outcomes are:

  • Children are well-nourished
  • Children are protected from infection, disease, and injury
  • Children and caregivers access health services
  • Children value and care for others and the environment
  • Children are celebrated and registered at birth

  • Children read, write, and use numeracy skills
  • Children make good judgements, can protect themselves, manage emotions, and communicate ideas
  • Adolescents are ready for economic opportunity
  • Children access and complete basic education
  • Children enjoy positive relationships with peers, family, and community members

  • Children are cared for in a loving and safe family and community environment, with safe places to play
  • Children grow in their awareness of God’s love in an environment that recognises their freedom
  • Children have hope and a vision for the future
  • Parents or caregivers provide well for their children
  • Children are respected participants in decisions that affect their lives

How do we transform lives?


Community development 

Creating sustainable futures for those living in extreme poverty

Most of World Vision’s community development work takes place in clusters of communities within geographic areas of 10-20,000 people. These are called area development programmes (ADPs). Over a period of 10 to 15 years, community development addresses not only immediate problems such as inadequate food and water supplies, or poor hygiene and health, but also long-term challenges such as food security, education, and economic stability.

This is the most effective way to help communities take ownership of their own development and reach self-sufficiency. Success is ultimately measured by how well the changes benefit children. In the 2016 financial year, we continued working in 34 ADPs around the world, supported primarily by child sponsors.

Learn more about our community projects



Humanitarian and emergency relief

Responding to the needs of those affected by conflict and disaster

When conflict or disaster strikes, World Vision seeks to save lives, reduce suffering, and build resilience. Around the globe, pre-positioned supplies and experienced staff are ready to respond to immediate needs such as the lack of food, water, shelter, and safe spaces for children. But our goal, wherever possible, is investing in medium- to long-term recovery and rehabilitation. Local World Vision staff members help families to rebuild their lives and restore livelihoods in ways that empower communities to become more resilient to future crises.

In the 2016 financial year, we responded to seven new and continuing emergencies in areas such as Fiji, Nepal, and South Sudan.

  Learn more about our emergency response



Advocacy and education

Championing the rights of the vulnerable

Advocacy takes many forms and works at different levels to bring about change. Our aim is to encourage everyone to engage in the fight against poverty and injustice. One approach is educating communities about their rights and how to access government services. Another involves supporters speaking up on issues that can be addressed by our own government or society. Education forms the groundwork of advocacy, raising awareness and understanding about global issues that leads to sustainable social action.

In the 2016 financial year, advocating for child rights was central to much of our development and emergency relief work. 

Learn more about our advocacy work


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When you sponsor a child, you join many other Kiwis - and your sponsored child's community - in working to create lasting change.

We work alongside the entire community to make changes in healthcare, sanitation, education, livelihoods, food security, and child protection, ensuring that everyone in the community experiences life in all its fullness.

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World Vision New Zealand and its partnership offices employ people all over the world to fight poverty and injustice. 

Council for International Development Member 

World Vision New Zealand is a member of the Council for International Development (CID) and is a signatory to the CID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management. Complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by any signatory agency can be made to the CID Code of Conduct Committee.

More information about the CID Code of Conduct can be obtained from World Vision New Zealalnd by emailing email@worldvision.org.nz and from CID at www.cid.org.nz or by emailing code@cid.org.nz 


World Vision New Zealand is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (registration CC25984), making donations tax refundable.