John Key endorses Mercy Ships

Just hours before his farewell speech from Parliament, former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key took the time to share what he thinks about Mercy Ships. “For almost 40 years volunteers have been helping the poorest people …”

Parliament votes ‘Aye’ for Mercy Ships

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After a lengthy, rigorous examination by the IRD (NZ tax department) and a vote in Parliament, last year Mercy Ships gained a special tax status attained by less that 1% of New Zealand charities. The sought-after ‘Schedule 32’ tax status allows Kiwis to receive a tax deductible receipt for … Read More

Why work for free?

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Assisting in surgery for one special patient was the highlight Naomi Watts’ time on board the Mercy Ship. The Cantabrian explains how Cecile’s operation to have a facial tumour removed was a poignant reminder of why she was working for free, so far from home.“As I did Cecile’s pre-op checks … Read More

Kiwis’ Waitangi Day in Benin

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This Waitangi Day please join us in giving thanks for a beautiful koha of love and commitment that is simply changing lives. During 2016, 23 Kiwis travelled to Africa ‘on their own dollar’ to volunteer with Mercy Ships. They helped transform lives and bring tangible hope for the future to people in … Read More

Life’s simply joys

After five years as an intensive care nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Jess Doney is used to dealing with crises. Her acquired skills have been put to the test when she recently stepped into a new and extraordinary surgical environment. The 26-year-old signed on articles for a two-month tour-our-duty … Read More

Making essential surgery accessible

Lack of access to safe surgery results in more deaths worldwide every year than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). There is growing international acknowledgement of what theatre staffs have long known and advised: accidental trauma, birth complications and the lack of … Read More

Making a practical difference

Starship Health paediatric nurse Vivien Welsh always knew she wanted to work with children. She entertained both teaching and nursing as career options. But time with a Christian missionary organisation based in Brisbane and travelling in India and other parts of Asia convinced her nursing was the right … Read More

Physios play key role in mission of Mercy

Hannah Rutherford recently volunteered with the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Mercy Ship was docked in Madagascar, and Hannah describes how she was impacted professionally and personally as she worked alongside the international teams providing healthcare services to people in extreme poverty.   After … Read More

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