Carers in New Zealand

The Carers New Zealand website provides information for New Zealanders who care for family members. It is part of a wider package of government support for informal carers throughout the country.

The website, includes health and disability information that carers need about such things as financial assistance, support services, and how to cope with medical and personal needs.
For information on the needs assessment process visit our home support page
To find the website go to

On their home page you can click and download the free carer info packs that includes: a Guide for Carers; Family Care magazine; Time Out Guide; Take 1 Minute, Take 5 Planner; Emergency Care Planning Tools .....

Are you an older person caring for your partner, family member or friend?

Carers New Zealand has 24 page booklet full of practical strategies to help you look after yourself, information on the help that is available to you, suggestions on emergencies and more. Click here to download a pdf copy. To request a hard copy email

"Supporting People to Move at Home" a booklet tailored to carers and support workers to help them move and lift people they are caring for at home. Click to view

Carers magazine

Carers New Zealand publish a very good consumer magazine for family carers, to help those who care at home for a sick, injured, frail or disabled family member. The Magazine "Family Care NZ" is a published quarterly. For more information email or view the Carers New Zealand website.

She Cares

This year Carers New Zealand is celebrating, valuing and supporting our country's women carers by providing information and some fun surprises. Order your free She Cares info pack by phoning 0800 777 797 or emailing Check out the She Cares website

Engagement for the New Zealand Carers' Strategy Action Plan 2019-2023

Do you support a friend or family member who needs help with everyday living because of a health condition, injury, frailty or disability? if so, MSD want to hear about your experience, what works, what doesn't and what would assist you in this role to develop their new Carers' Strategy Action Plan. Take part in the online survey

Health and social care in the community

This is a paper that explores the views of healthcare staff regarding the provision of culturally appropriate palliative care for Māori, Pacific Island and Chinese elders living in Auckland. The ageing population is culturally and ethnically diverse and along with other developed countries experiencing high levels of migration, the challenge is balancing the rise in the number of older people with different ethnic and cultural groups with end-of-life care, which reflects personal values and beliefs.

To view the paper follow the link to Wiley Online Library

The characteristics and experiences of older New Zealand caregivers caregiving, is an important societal role which supplements care provided through the health and social services systems. The latest policy report from the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement study looks at experiences of caregivers aged 55 - 79.

  • To view the report click here

Websites of interest

  • The Carers Australia website has an excellent and comprehensive variety of resources available online.
  • SeniorLine is part of the Auckland District Health Board Website. It is an excellent resource for finding our more about all aspects of caring including Needs Assessment, Carer Support, Rest Home care and much more. Although it is based in Auckland, most of the information is given on a national basis, in particular the contact for a Needs Assessor throughout New Zealand. Well worth the look.
  • has a very useful page on Caregiving Support and Help: tips for making family caregiving easier

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