New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland

Kiwi Contributions

Stephen Robinson: A long Way to Geneva

With the chance of working in New Zealand as a primary school teacher, Stephen Robinson saw the chance to live and work in a country that has always attracted him and so he took it. Stephen started teaching in west Auckland at Swanson Primary School. Read more

Dr Jenny McMahon ‘addicted’ to Red Cross

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: A Kiwi humanitarian on the Frontline

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.

Ana Zarkovic: Making a difference

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.

The Weirdness of Matthew Lloyd

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.

Teaching First Aid in the Pacific

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.

Melanie Ogle: Disaster management all in a days work

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.


Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

The UN Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the UN system and how it works.  Read more

Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more

Remembering World War I
100 Years On

Be part of the first World War Centenary. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.