We work with communities across the motu (country), helping people to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

We understand that different communities have different needs and that there's no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to achieving health equity. That's why we work side by side with our communities, making life-changing differences together.

Volunteers are at the heart of community health, and thanks to their help we offer a range of different services. From teaching lifesaving first aid skills, to getting people to hospital appointments, or just being a friendly voice at the end of the phone, our community programmes are there to provide the care and support you need, right on your own doorstep.

Waka Ora Health Shuttles

Hospital and Aged care

Our caring volunteers support older people and patients in hospitals and community. 

Hospital volunteer talking with patient in a wheel chairFriends of the Emergency Department, Hospital Friends, Hospital Hosts & Community Carers

Our volunteers give care, support and a friendly face to people while they're in hospital, rest homes or other healthcare facilities.


Therapy dog shaking rest home residents handTherapy Pets

Our popular community programme brings pet companions to bedsides and classrooms around the country, where a dose of aroha from our four-legged friends can be just what the doctor ordered.

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Living Independently

These community programmes provide you or your family with an extra layer of support, to live at home with confidence. 

Waka Ora Health Shuttle driver helping patient out of the vehicle

Waka Ora Health Shuttles

The Waka Ora Health Shuttle is a koha (donation) based community service, delivered by volunteers, that transports people to health and wellbeing related appointments, and then brings them home again.


Elderly man talking on the phone

Caring Caller

Caring Caller is a free telephone service where our volunteers phone clients regularly for a friendly catch up, helping people feel less lonely or isolated and more confident about living independently.

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Manaaki Mamoa patient speaking with Tele Health online

Manaaki Mamao

A free service to help Māori and Pasifika people manage their blood pressure from the comfort of their own home, for a six-month period.


Children and youth

We offer school and community programmes, to help grow strong, resilient tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) with the self-esteem to be leaders. We also teach our young people how to manage medical emergencies.

youth leader with young members

St John Youth Programmes

Empowering our taiohi (young people) through positive youth development, with first aid, communication and leadership skills for life.


Students holding oxygen mask

St John in Schools

A fun, engaging and interactive schools programme that teaches children how to prevent injury, and what to do in a health emergency.

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Young student reading the feelings wheel

Whātuia te Waiora
Weaving Wellbeing

Helping Year 7 and 8 tamariki to find their strengths and weave positivity into each day.


Group of students with tutors who have completed the programme

Poipoia te Pitomata
Harnessing Potential

Harnessing the leadership potential of rangatahi through first aid skills and understanding of wellbeing.

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First Aid Training

Giving you the skills and confidence to step forward in an emergency.

3 Steps for Life school participants

Ngā Tohu Whakaora e Toru 
3 Steps for Life

Find out how to save lives in your community, learn the basics of CPR and AED training.


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