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2019 Nelson bush fires destroying property and forcing evacuations

$28,376 donated
Given by 391 generous donors in 22 days

Help our Nelson bush fire victims get back on their feet and keep our Emergency Services teams prepared for future disasters across NZ

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  Nelson / Tasman

The national response effort to the current Nelson bush fires have shown the world how supportive and tough our New Zealand community and volunteers are in the face of adversity. Property and homes have either been destroyed/damaged, thousands of residents have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared.

Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to distribute to our bush fire victims and our Emergency Services volunteer groups. Every donation received, no matter how great or small will be immensely appreciated by the below recipients. We wanted to set a page up for those who are not able to physically be in Nelson helping out at this time but wanted to contribute in some way towards getting this region back on their feet and recognising the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers.

100% of the money raised on this page and paid out by Givealittle will be distributed to our bush fire victims who do not know yet what they will be returning to over coming days as well as to our various NZ Emergency Services groups whose volunteers dropped everything, left the comfort of their own homes, families and jobs behind to travel to the South Island to help with the enormous relief and rescue effort we have witnessed. Money that will help them restock their equipment resources used this week, enabling them to stay prepared for our next national emergency or disaster in New Zealand.

We encourage you to please dig deep and let's stand strong behind the people who need it the most and those who have given up the most to be there for others in their greatest time of need.

Other ways people can donate is via the New Zealand Red Cross website

or via the Tasman District Council Mayoral Relief Fund that has also recently been set up.

** A special shout out to local Nelson photographer, Kaleb Johnston for the above image.

Check out more of his awesome work on his website

About us

New Zealand Emergency Services Solutions is a registered Charitable Trust (CC53383) that provides funding assistance, donated items and thousands of volunteer hours to our local emergency services groups and volunteer organisations such as Fire and Emergency NZ, Coastguard, Red Cross, Victim Support, Land Search and Rescue and our Rescue helicopters. Our most recent fundraising campaign in Nov/Dec 2018 saw us raise thousands of dollars to enable us to purchase and deliver Emergency Grab n Go survival bags to the residents from over 150 flood ravaged houses in and around the Rotorua/Ngongotaha area, ensuring our community are much better prepared for their next emergency. We also design youth programmes that give our Kiwi kids the courage and support to be able to achieve anything they want in life. Our driving force and passion is really simple - to help others when they need it the most. Now is the time to support the Tasman/Nelson Area.

Use of funds

100% of the money paid out by Givealittle will be distributed amongst our bush fire victims in the Nelson Area as well as to the NZ Emergency Services groups who are assisting with the enormous relief and rescue effort.

Latest update


Posted by: New Zealand Emergency Services Solutions

Kia ora friends and generous donors

We wanted to provide you a final update on how your hard earned dollars will be shared when your Givealittle donations are paid into our account this Friday.

In our last page update, we gave our donors a voice calling for nominations on where your dollars should be spread. We then canvassed many Tasman and Nelson locals over the past few weeks to find out which organisations were heavily invested throughout the Nelson Fires asking for their local community to also nominate groups for a donation.

After listening to our donors and the affected local community, below is how this final donation list now stands. The recipients will be:

Whakatu Marae, Nelson

Richmond New Life Church

St John's Anglican Church, Wakefield

Nelson Suburbs Football Club

Nelson Volunteer Fire Brigade

Stoke Volunteer Fire Brigade

Wakefield Volunteer Fire Brigade

Richmond Volunteer Fire Brigade

Mapua Volunteer Fire Brigade

Upper Moutere Volunteer Fire Brigade

Red Cross

Top of the South Rural Support Trust

Prego Mediterranean Foods and Comida Cafe

Animal Evac New Zealand Trust

SPCA Nelson

Nelson Fires Hay Convoy

Nelson Clean up Crew

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust

11 year old Leon Fenemor so he can continue sharing his artistic talent with us all

and the Tasman District Council's Mayoral Disaster Relief Fund who are currently processing applications received from locals directly affected by these fires.

A total of $28,375.80 came from 405 generous donations to our page.

Net funds of $27,311.51 will soon be paid out by Givealittle allowing us to pass on 100% of these generous donations to so many people and deserving organisations early next week.

We have said it before, and we say it again that without YOU, this fantastic result simply would not have been possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you again for supporting our page and getting behind those who needed our support the most.

Arohanui from the team at

New Zealand Emergency Services Solutions Charitable Trust ❤

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