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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 Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO).
Carers NZ is the Secretariat for the NZ Carers Alliance of more than 40 national not for profits, and is the legal umbrella for special interest groups including:
Carers NZ also works closely with emerging national support networks for whānau carers, Pasifika carers, and new settlers.