Variety helps give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve. 


Every day more than 1 in 4 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, having their own bike, 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

Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship

Over 1 in 4 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 $45 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

Bikes for Kids

Each year Variety provides hundreds of deserving or disadvantaged children with the freedom and independence of their very own bike. Some children have overcome adverse circumstances, in some situations the family is simply not in a position to purchase a bike and in other cases the programme recognises and rewards children who are role models at their school or in their community.  Find out more

Laptops for Learning

Variety developed the Laptops for Learning Programme along with our partner The Warehouse, to provide laptops to low decile schools right across New Zealand. The programme bridges the digital divide by enabling young people to use a digital device as part of their in-class learning, and to take it home when required.  Find out more

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year we help talented Kiwi kids to reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges with Have a Go Scholarships that encourage young people to try out a new activity or sport. Find out more


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

Emergency Appeals

Variety is able to respond quickly in a crisis or emergency to meet the needs of children across New Zealand in both the immediate and long term. Most recently, Variety rallied its family of supporters to raise funds for the Muslim families so unjustly affected in the 15 March 2019 Christchurch terror attacks. Find out more

Liberty Swings

Variety Liberty Swings are designed to give children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the exhilaration and freedom of a playground swing alongside their fully-able playmates. Find out more