Variety helps give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve. 

We provide disadvantaged children with basic essentials (such as warm bedding and school uniforms), one-off grants for additional needs (such as medical and mobility equipment) and access to extra-curricular activities (such as school camps and swimming lessons). You can read about our programmes below and change the lives of Kiwi kids in need today. 

Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship

Nearly 1 in 3 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 around 450 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. Variety Voices is a group scholarship opportunity for talented young singers from all walks of life to perform together as a choir.  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

Kiwi Next Generation

A free two-year programme run by Variety and The Salvation Army to help more than 700 young Kiwis address their challenges and achieve their education goals. If you’re between 16-19 and are looking for additional support to complete your NCEA qualifications, this programme is for you.  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.  Our Emergency appeals provide support to children affected by a range of circumstances, helping to meet both immediate and longer term needs.  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