Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018
This article was written by journalist Amy Baker and was published in the North Shore Times, North Harbour News and Rodney Times, as well as on They look like most other families in their neighbourhood. They live in their own home, have their own car, and their children attend... more
Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018
He's been a supporter of Variety – the Children's Charity for close to nine years now, and Jason Valentine-Burt wouldn't have it any other way. As dedicated as can be, Jason volunteers around 30 hours of his time each and every week, without fail, to run the Variety Book Fair – and he has... more
Friday, 15 Jun 2018
If someone had told Helen Evans last year that she was going to take part in a 400km cycle tour, she wouldn’t have believed them, or have thought it would be possible. But it was, and she did. Earlier this year Helen completed the Variety Cycle Challenge to Sri Lanka with World Expeditions –... more
Monday, 11 Jun 2018
It had been something she kept in the back of her mind for many years, but after taking the leap and signing up as a sponsor of the Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, Auckland mother of two, Mailene, wouldn’t change a thing. Fittingly, Mailene now sponsors two Kiwi kids, who have become ‘like a... more
Monday, 11 Jun 2018
Kickboxing is 15-year-old Crystal Cook’s passion, and her dedication to the sport has resulted in her selection to represent New Zealand in this year’s Junior World Kickboxing Championships. To be held in Italy in September, it’s a competition Crystal wouldn’t be able to attend if she wasn’t... more
Thursday, 31 May 2018
For the sixth year running, Variety – the Children’s Charity has been selected as the charity partner of Miss Universe New Zealand. The ongoing partnership will see this year’s 20 finalists raise much-needed funds for the charity’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, at a time when the waiting... more
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Mark your calendars, internationally renowned chef Nic Watt is set to put on another stellar evening of fine food and wine at the charity event of the year, SKYCITY Variety of Chefs. Hosted and MC’d by much-loved broadcasters Mike McRoberts and Melissa Davies, the 31 August event will raise... more
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
This article was written by journalist Mikaela Collins and featured in the Northern Advocate. Rapt and jumping for joy. That's how a Moerewa grandmother describes her grandson's reaction when he was told he was going on a school trip for the very first time. It's something that some... more
Monday, 21 May 2018
Variety – the Children’s Charity is delighted to announce it has been selected as the Shares for Good recipient charity through until 31 March 2019. Lorraine Taylor, Variety’s chief executive officer, says the charity is over the moon to have been selected for the very first time, and encourages... more
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Variety – the Children’s Charity is pleased to see the Labour-led Government is committed to addressing the significant factors which contribute to children living in deprivation throughout the country. “We commend the Government for acknowledging the issue that is child poverty and creating... more
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Copyright: New Zealand Woman's Weekly. This image is not to be copied or re-published. It’s the most famous pilgrimage trail in Europe and now Kiwi travellers can take on the challenge of the Camino for a cause close to home, with none other than Sir Graham and Lady Raewyn Henry. As part of... more
Tuesday, 08 May 2018
  Marking 12 years of partnership, Variety - the Children's Charity and CMC Markets New Zealand are delighted to announce the 2018 recipients of the Gold Heart Scholarship programme.  The 13 scholars have been selected from around the country and will each receive up to $5,000 of funding... more
Friday, 27 Apr 2018
Having grown up with little material possessions, and in a cold house, Andrew Eadon-Jones is on a mission to boost the lives of disadvantaged Kiwi kids – and he has teamed up with Variety – the Children’s Charity to do so. In a bid to raise money for children across New Zealand, Eadon-Jones... more
Friday, 20 Apr 2018
Having spent 22 years (and counting) working ‘at the coalface’ across New Zealand, Variety – the Children’s Charity ambassador and Rodney Police officer, Bryan Ward, is as passionate as any about youth in New Zealand. “There’s that old adage, if you see somebody that needs help give them a... more
Friday, 02 Mar 2018
Be part of our letter of support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill We have a serious child poverty problem in New Zealand. Today, twice as many children live below the poverty line than did in 1984. Poverty affects children disproportionately, as they have no power to change their... more
Monday, 26 Feb 2018
Applications for Variety Gold Heart Scholarships are now open. Gold Heart Scholarships provide up to $5000 to Kiwi kids to help them pursue their talent – regardless of disability, illness or financial disadvantage. To apply for a Gold Heart Scholarship, young people should be proficient in... more
Friday, 15 Dec 2017
In July, we presented 15-year-old Beth Reid with a Variety Gold Heart Scholarship. These scholarships help talented Kiwi kids, who already excel in the arts, sport or education, to reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges. Beth has a passion for softball and baseball, and... more
Friday, 01 Dec 2017
Thinking about gift ideas for Christmas? Christmas overconsumption – and we’re not talking about the food – can be at odds with our values of caring for the environment and people around us. We've come up with a list of 20 gift ideas that take the emphasis off plastic gadgets destined for... more
Monday, 27 Nov 2017
Variety New Zealand president Richard Spilg presents Bev Roberts with her award. Friends of Variety is a voluntary group formed in 2006 to support the work Variety does in helping Kiwi kids to reach their full potential. The group organises and hosts a number of top-quality events each year... more
Monday, 20 Nov 2017
Universal Children’s Day aims to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. And it is on this day, 20 November, that Variety – the Children’s Charity implores New Zealanders to sponsor one of the 370 children on its Kiwi Kid Sponsorship waiting list. Variety started the Kiwi... more
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