Variety helps give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve. 


Every day, 1 in 5 Kiwi kids go without the basics most of us take for granted. This has a profound impact on their health, education and self-esteem.

Thanks to our generous supporters, Variety is changing this one child at a time. 

With your help, when a child is going without essentials, we give them exactly what they need – like warm bedding, clothing, school uniforms and stationery.

When a boy or girl is missing out on extra-curricular opportunities, we give them the chance to join in – whether it’s swimming or music lessons, going to school camp, trying out a new activity, or pursuing a goal in the arts, sport or education.

And when they require an extra hand, we provide funding for additional needs, like medical or mobility equipment, therapeutic care, tutoring, or a digital device.

We know that not all kids need the same things. 

That’s our difference at Variety.

We give each kid what they need for a happier, healthier childhood – the childhood that every Kiwi kid deserves.

Our programmes

Read our April 2020 Impact report

Kiwi Kid Sponsorship

1 in 5 Kiwi kids live in deprivation. Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship connects a caring New Zealander with an individual child to provide them with the basic essentials and life opportunities they would otherwise miss out on. For as little as $50 a month you can give a child access to the same opportunities as other kids, a happier, healthier childhood and the foundation for a better future. Find out more

Individual Grants

Variety offers grant assistance for children and child focused organisations in all sorts of challenging circumstances. We fund a broad range of requirements from basic essentials to much-needed medical or mobility equipment, educational assistance, therapeutic care and IT devices to enhance learning opportunities.  Find out more

Active Me – Kia Tū

Active Me is additional funding for children and young people on the Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme living in Auckland and Northland. It provides them with the opportunity to participate and get active in sports, dance, martial arts, play and other similar activities. Find out more