New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland
Jenny McMahon began her relationship with New Zealand Red Cross in 1983 as a surgical nurse on the Thai-Kampuchea border. Now, 30 years on with numerous Red Cross deployments and post graduate qualifications under her belt she has taken on the role as the National President of New Zealand Red Cross. Read more
Janet Askew is no stranger to conflict, death and dangerous situations. As a New Zealand Red Cross aid worker she faces these on many of her missions, it is how she deals with them that makes her stand out. Read more.
The term ‘making a difference’ could almost be the tagline for humanitarian work. Different experiences trigger the need to make a difference for different people. For Ana, it was travelling through Peru, Thailand and Brazil. Read more.
Matthew joined New Zealand Red Cross’s International Team when they needed someone to improve communications between Pacific Island Red Cross Societies and their distant outposts. He researched their needs and put together the Talking Briefcase, which essentially provided Iridium satellite phones in disaster proof cases with solar panels and other useful equipment, for example for running the phones off vehicle batteries. Read more.
Cate Keville never dreamed she would end up as a New Zealand Red Cross aid worker but now she’s in the job she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Read more.
Aucklander Melanie Ogle says she hasn’t travelled much this year. Based in Nairobi she’s responded to disasters in Botswana, Malawi, Benin, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Most of her work involves floods, but the area is also prone to droughts, landslides, earthquakes, pestilence and storms. Read more.