FAQs

We determine the locations of our long-term projects based on the United Nations measurements of poverty. Therefore, our focus is on Africa, Asia and the Pacific, according to need. We also respond to emergencies depending on the size and scale of a disaster and whether a local government can respond adequately.
We have strong checks and balances in place to ensure it does. World Vision New Zealand does not tolerate fraud or corruption in its operations and programmes and we are committed to the highest standards of legal, ethical and moral behaviour in all we do. 

To make sure that corruption and fraud is prevented or detected in a timely manner, World Vision has implemented a number of measures including: 
  • World Vision staff – here in New Zealand and overseas – monitor and visit projects and organise audits of project finance to make certain that all funds are properly used
A management system has been set up that avoids any individual having exclusive rights to spend large amounts of money: 
  • Thorough background checks on staff are conducted
  • Local employees are trained to detect and deter fraud 
  • A whistle-blower system has been established so staff can report any suspicious behaviour  
Each project and National Office is accountable through a range of internal and external audit and programme quality review procedures. Reports are sent to the supporters who give us money and to the governments and authorities in the places where we operate, and to our industry peers. Additionally, World Vision complies with the requirements of funders such as MFAT. Our financial statements are externally and independently audited (in the same way and to the same standards which apply to New Zealand companies) and our annual reports are prepared to internationally acknowledged standards of transparency for not-for-profits.

A full copy of our latest financial statement is available by contacting our Supporter Services Team (0800 800 776) and a summary is available online. You can also read our Annual Report.
Through Child Sponsorship, World Vision transforms the lives of your sponsor child’s whole community, enabling your child, their family, and their wider community to have access to better healthcare, education, water and economic opportunities.

To change a child’s life, you have to change the world in which they live. Your money does not go directly to your sponsor child, or their family, but enables World Vision to work with their entire community to have an even bigger impact and make long-term sustainable change for everyone. As a member of this community, your Sponsor Child receives the benefits of this incredible change and their own lives are transformed. It’s a pretty incredible change to be a part of!
When disaster strikes, World Vision adopts a “first-in, last-out” approach: We first respond with life-saving emergency aid, and then we stay for the long term to help families recover and rebuild. Within the first couple of hours after a disaster, World Vision staff members closest to the disaster respond with reports on the level of severity and need. 
  • Within 24 to 72 hours of the disaster, our global rapid response team is on the ground, making assessments and beginning to provide emergency relief. 
  • Within 72 hours of the disaster, our pre-positioned relief supplies are loaded up, transported, and distributed from local and international warehouses. 
We then work to continuously distribute emergency aid and relief to residents affected by the disaster. 
Over the following months, we work to help families stabilise by providing assistance with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection activities, healthcare, and economic opportunities. 
Once communities are back on their feet, we work with them to help ensure that they are better prepared should another disaster strike.