KidsCan is helping Kiwi kids living in hardship reach their full potential and create brighter
futures for themselves.

We provide Kiwi kids in need with food, clothing and health items at school, so they can get into the classroom in a position to learn. KidsCan does this because we believe that education equals opportunity, and all children, regardless of their social economic background should have an equal chance.

For just $20 a month, you can join the thousands of New Zealanders dedicated to changing a child’s life.

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Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019

Kei a Tātou - It Is Us: State of the Nation 2018


An estimated 70,000 New Zealand children— or 7% of the under 17-year-old population— are living in severe material deprivation. This number is down by 20,000 children since 2012, although per-capita GDP has grown by 13% in inflation-adjusted terms since then.

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019

Hawke's Bay schools benefit from KidsCan programme

The simple act of putting snacks on a table has seen students at Tamatea Intermediate flourish. Not only did their focus improve, but so did the achievement levels.

Now, several months on, and with the help of nationwide charitable trust KidsCan, the needs of about 400 students have been met - regardless of their financial status.

Friday, 1 Feb 2019

Beach Haven Primary School receives generous makeover

The kids of Beach Haven Primary School will be welcomed back to school in 2019 with a completely refurbished schoolyard thanks to the School Buddy programme launched by Kennards Hire in partnership with national children’s charity KidsCan.

Beach Haven Primary School now has safe and clean school fields and an improved sandpit and exercise area, complete with refreshed playground equipment that has been water-blasted to remove dirt and debris.

More than 50 volunteers worked to make the day a success and complete the project in time.

Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019

One in five children in low-decile schools heading back to school hungry

As back to school costs mount, families living in hardship are struggling to provide the essentials for their children. KidsCan’s data shows that one in every five children in low-decile schools around New Zealand will head back to class this year without enough food to fuel them.

Thanks to our partners

Meridian, Principal Partner
Platinum Partners

Trillian Trust Incorporated Ministry of Social Development