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Operating Mercy Ships New Zealand

Mercy Ships New Zealand (MSNZ) is a registered charity in New Zealand which exists to support the work of Mercy Ships International. Linked through an Association Agreement, Mercy Ships New Zealand is involved in fundraising for various projects carried out by Mercy Ships International including recruiting crew for the Mercy Ships vessel and promoting the work of Mercy Ships.

Last year Mercy Ships New Zealand raised over $1.107 million

Mercy Ships New Zealand Auckland-based and governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees,  which meet four times a year. The principal roles of the board with regard to the overall Mercy Ships mission are to provide policy leadership and to oversee the operations of MSNZ.

The current members are:

  • Board Chair: Lee Tait
  • Dr Andrew Clark – MBChB
  • Janine Stewart – BA, LLB
  • Pastor Bruce McDonald
  • Francis Caetano – B.Compt (Hons), Audit, Tax and Accounting FCA(NZ)
  • Dr Hadleigh Reid – BDS
  • Phil Heatley
  • Jenny Loh – B.Com, B.Sc
  • Graeme Walls – Officer of the Board

Charities Commission

Mercy Ships New Zealand (MSNZ) is a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005 (#CC26854). Our charity registration details can be viewed on the NZ Charities Register here


Mercy Ships NZ is part of a global network of 17 offices that work together to provide healthcare for Africa’s poor from our hospital ship. We share the mission to promote the work of Mercy Ships through fundraising, volunteer recruitment and the procurement of materials and services, .

Each of the national offices is autonomous and collaborates through the Mercy Ships Global Association to support our ship field work

Annual Reports

Read a narrative report on pre-Covid 2019 2020 Senegal field service HERE

View the most recent Annual Report for the last calendar year Mercy Ships International Annual Report 2021 HERE

Schedule 32, IRD

After rigorous examination, the New Zealand government awarded Mercy Ships NZ Schedule 32 Tax Status. Less than 1% of NZ charities have attained the levels of credibility, accountability and transparency required that allow private donors, companies and corporates to receive tax-deductible receipts for all funds donated to the charity. Read More

The combined generosity of our volunteer crew, our donors and corporate gifts-in-kind means that our general operating costs and overhead expenses are kept to a minimum. 78c of each dollar Mercy Ships receives internationally goes straight to our Ship and Field Operations – providing surgeries and world-class medical care to those who have no other hope.

Annual Report

This most recent annual report of Mercy Ships International details the activities of Mercy Ships globally for the 2021 calendar year.

Final field service report – Senegal, 2019-20

A comprehensive narrative report on the most recent field service in Senegal, West Africa which took place between August 2019 and March 2020.