Shoebox Christmas Trust

Shoebox Christmas Trust

We connect communities to deliver koha aroha in the form of Christmas gifts to children across Aotearoa so they know we have their back.


Shoebox Christmas Aotearoa provides positive experiences in the form of Christmas gifts for children so they know we care.

We're also in our second year of a coaching and mentoring framework to enable young people to lead their own projects within their own community.


We’ve been running the project in Wellington since 2014 where we started supporting 80 children. By the end of 2023 we will have delivered over 91,000 koha to whānaua and tamariki across Aotearoa. We're now working with over 200 schools and social services in 30 regions across Aotearoa (listed below).

Please note this isn't a donation page to buy Shoebox Christmas gifts, though we'll use some of the money for that if there are more missing gifts at the end of the year than what we have back-up gifters for, this page is to help with operational costs such as website hosting, development and maintenance, community requested improvements, bulk email and text costs etc.

Areas we support:

Ahuriri (Napier)

Central Otago District

Clutha District

Heretaunga (Hastings)





Ngāmotu (New Plymouth)

Ōtautahi (Christchurch)

Ōtepoti (Dunedin)


Papaioea (Palmerston North)




South Taranaki

Tāhuna (Queenstown)

Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland)


Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai (Lower Hutt)

Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta (Upper Hutt)

Te Tai Tokerau (Northland)

Te Tauihu-o-te-waka (Marlborough)

Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington)

Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne)

Waihōpai (Invercargill)


Whakaahurangi (Stratford)

Whakaoriori (Masterton)



Ngā mihi nui, Pera and the Shoebox Christmas whānau.

More about us

Shoebox Christmas provides positive experiences in the form of Christmas gifts for children in low socio-economic situations. We also provide Stationery Starter Packs for new college/intermediate starters.

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Private Donor
Private Donor on 20 Mar 2024
Toli on 07 Mar 2024
Malo lava Shoebox Christmas Trust and the Koha Tree Team. Thank you for your service to our tamaiti and communities.
Deborah on 26 Dec 2023
Vicki on 22 Dec 2023
My favourite time of the year - thank you Shoebox Christmas team :-)
Nicola on 22 Dec 2023
Love this initiative, look forward to buying more pressies in 2024.

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