Barnardos New Zealand

Barnardos New Zealand

Barnardos is New Zealand's largest children's charity. We work with the most vulnerable children and their families accross Aotearoa.


Barnardos is a national children's charity that provides local services across Aotearoa, from intensive family support to early learning services. Creating opportunities for tamariki to have the best of starts in life is what we do. We work with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau to build nurturing relationships and resilient homes and communities, so that children can reach their full potential.

We are there when families need us most, providing support throughout the whole childhood journey, and beyond. We work on the frontline with communities who are most at risk, dealing with challenging and complex issues like poverty, family violence, child abuse, addiction, mental-health problems and neglect.

Last year Barnardos supported 27,729 children, families and caregivers throughout the country. We can only continue this vital mahi with your support, so donate to Barnardos today to help us create an Aotearoa where every child can thrive.

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For 60 years, we’ve been part of communities throughout the motu. Today, our mahi across social services, early learning services contributes to Barnardos’ vision of ‘an Aotearoa where every child shines bright’.

We advocate to drive change at the systems-level, so that national laws, policies, practices, and institutions meet the needs of all children and tamariki, and respect, protect and uphold their rights.

We offer early learning services to all under-fives, to create strong foundations for children’s educational and life outcomes.

We provide social support services to children and whānau in our communities facing really tough times – including those who have experienced family violence, addiction, neglect and abuse, and those struggling with mental health issues.

Every day, we’re making a positive, long-lasting difference in children's lives.

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Thank you to our supporters   11 May 2020

The challenges facing children and families in New Zealand right now couldn’t be greater. Abuse, family violence, inequality, poverty, poor mental health… the list goes on. By supporting Barnardos, you’re enabling real and sustainable positive change in the lives of children and young people.

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