About Carers NZ

Established in the early 1990s by and for family carers, Carers NZ acts as the national peak body providing information, advice, learning and support for carers in our network.

Today Carers NZ is a national not for profit supporting a network of approximately 50,000 individual carers and supporting organisations. We do not charge a membership fee and fundraise to share our resources freely with family carers.

A primary role of Carers NZ is to ensure awareness about carers, their role, and their needs within New Zealand and internationally. We participate in government reference and working groups, and promote the interests of family carers to decision-makers in health, education, employment, social services, housing, transport, and other important areas.

Carers NZ works closely with other carer peak bodies in Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Together we are building recognition for family carers among countries, and supporting new carer organisations as these emerge around the world. Our Trust represents New Zealand's carers in the International Association of Carer Organizations (IACO).

Carers NZ is the Secretariat for the NZ Carers Alliance of 45 national not for profits, and is the legal umbrella for special interest groups including:

  • Young Carers New Zealand, a national information and support network for children and young people in caring roles.
  • The Employment for Caring coalition with Business NZ and the NZ Council of Trade Unions: Carers NZ works in partnership to assist working carers and their employers.
  • The Auckland Carers Alliance, a network of family carers and community organisations working in unity to support carers and tackle regional issues important to them. 

Carers NZ also works closely with emerging national support networks for whānau carers, Pacifika carers, and new settlers.

Charities Commission Registration Number: CC41050

Our beautiful homepage images are part of the Caring Moments photo collection of carers, families, whānau, and aiga. This collection, produced with photographer Terry Winn, is currently hung in the main corridor of Auckland's North Shore Hospital. Carers NZ thanks the families and Terry for working with us to produce Caring Moments to raise awareness of family carers and their role.