About Us

About Us

Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) is New Zealand’s leading mental health and wellbeing service for people from refugee backgrounds living in Aotearoa.

Every day, people around the world are forced to flee their homes, families and communities in order to protect their own lives and those of their loved ones. Traumatic events can impact refugees’ health and initial settlement in New Zealand. RASNZ works to address these issues by providing holistic mental health and wellbeing support throughout each person’s journey.

Our organisation was established in 1995 as a non-denominational, politically-neutral and non-aligned not-for-profit charitable trust. We are governed by an elected Board of Trustees and funded by the Ministry of Health, philanthropic organisations and donations from individuals and the wider community.

Our Vision

RASNZ promotes programmes and policies that respect and advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds.

Our Mission

Refugees and people from related backgrounds will have access to quality, culturally responsive health services to assist positive resettlement in New Zealand.

Our Strategic Priorities


RASNZ is sustainable and appropriately funded to deliver health services to people from refugee backgrounds


RASNZ delivers professional clinical and community services to meet the needs of clients

Capability Building

RASNZ builds capability in staff, refugee communities and mainstream service providers


RASNZ has strategic relationships and partnerships which enable efficient and effective service provision


RASNZ works in ways that are innovative and take advantage of new technologies

RASNZ relies on the compassion and generosity of people like you. Give the gift of wellbeing to refugeesĀ resettling in New Zealand.