Kia ora, and Welcome to ShelterBox NZ

Right now, more than 104 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. Here at ShelterBox, we’re working to change that.

When natural disasters and conflicts rob people of their homes and their livelihoods, we can’t wave a magic wand to replace what was lost. But, we can help.

We are made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right – that shelter from the chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.

So, we provide emergency shelter and tools to disaster-hit families around the world, enabling people to rebuild their lives, and transform depair into hope.

We know that every disaster is different, and so is every community, so we spend time working with those affected by disaster, to make sure we can offer the right support at the right time, to help them recover.

Our Response Teams travel by boat, helicopter, and even tuk-tuk to reach the world’s most vulnerable – going where others often can’t or won’t, and doing whatever it takes to reach those who need support.

We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter after disaster.

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ShelterBox NZ's signature green boxes containing essential aid items, including tents, solar lights, blankets, mosquito nets, and cooking sets, to help families rebuild after their lives have been devastated by disaster.


Essential tools shelter and materials

ShelterBox distributes emergency shelter in the Philippines to protect families against coronavirus


Reaching the most remote communities


A recipient of ShelterBox aid holding her LuminAid solar light
14-year-old Rahma from Somaliland uses her solar light to study in the evening when it gets dark. Her favourite subject is English.

Disaster can rob families of everything. But with the right materials at the right time, families find ingenious ways to rebuild their lives.

Take Margaretha, who turned her ShelterBox into a crib for her newborn baby. Or Rahma, who is using her solar lights to further her education.

From harvest tools to sledges, storage boxes to lion scarers, we’ve lost count of the number of inventive ways families are using our aid.

Explore how you can help provide the equipment that gives families a lifeline.




ShelterBox NZ coronavirus

As coronavirus spreads, shelter saves lives.

The potential impact of the pandemic in places where we’re already working – like crowded camps and makeshift settlements in Syria, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso – is terrifying.

These are places where many people are already vulnerable because of underlying health issues and a lack of food. Where health care facilities are either non-existent or struggle to cope with demand at the best of times.

Discover how we are working to help people protect themselves in dangerously crowded camps and disaster zones.




ShelterBox NZ Rotary Action Toolkit

ShelterBox first started as a Millenium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall in 2000.

Since then, it has grown to be an international disaster relief charity, providing emergency shelter in some of the most hard-to-reach places in the world.

In the last 20 years, we have supported 1.5 million people in nearly 100 countries, and we haven’t stopped.

In 2020, coronavirus has made us adapt how we work to reach even more vulnerable families. With your support, we can do more.

Discover more about our history, the places we’ve responded to, and meet some of the families we’ve helped.