05 December 2013
International Volunteer Day (IV Day), held on 5 December, is annually organised internationally by the United Nations.
11 November 2013
A review group has been invited by the New Zealand Blood Service to undertake an independent review. The principal task is to review the on-going appropriateness of exclusion of potential donors on the basis of current or past sexual behaviours to ensure the on-going safety of blood and blood products provided in New Zealand.
17 September 2013
Comprehensive training and early adoption of new technology and forward thinking helps New Zealand Blood Service provide a safe and vital service.
03 September 2013
The New Zealand Blood Service has a defined strategy to encourage today’s youth to become tomorrow’s active donors. Through promoting the habit of regular blood donation at an early age we are collectively ensuring the sustainability of the donor population and the blood supply for people in need throughout the years to come.
05 August 2013
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has today advised staff at its Donor Centre in Wellesley Road Napier of the decision to close the centre and introduce a regular mobile collection service for donors.
The announcement follows a consultation period with affected staff and their unions.
05 August 2013
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has today advised staff at its Donor Centre in Vanguard Street Nelson of the decision to close the centre and introduce a mobile collection service for donors.
The announcement follows a consultation period with affected staff and their unions.
04 July 2013
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has today advised staff at its Vanguard Street Donor Centre in Nelson of a proposal to close the centre, and introduce a regular mobile collection service for donors. NZBS is formally entering into a consultation period with affected staff and their unions.
The Nelson Donor Centre, which has a total of nine part time staff, is one of two nationwide where there is a proposal to make the transition from a fixed site collection facility to a mobile donor collection service.
National Manager of Operations for NZBS, Christine Van Tilburg, has met personally with staff to outline the proposal which follows a detailed analysis of NZBS’ whole blood collections facilities.
04 July 2013
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has today advised staff at its Wellesley Road Donor Centre in Napier of a proposal to close the centre, and introduce a regular mobile collection service for donors. NZBS is formally entering into a consultation period with affected staff and their unions.
The Napier Donor Centre, which has a total of eight part time staff, is one of two nationwide where there is a proposal to make the transition from a fixed site collection facility to a mobile donor collection service.
Chief Executive Officer Fiona Ritsma has met personally with staff to outline the proposal which follows a detailed analysis of NZBS’ whole blood collections facilities.
16 June 2013
National Volunteer Week is co-ordinated annually by Volunteering New Zealand. Events and celebrations are held across NZ to recognise the invaluable contribution made by volunteers. This year it runs from 16 – 22 June.
13 June 2013
This World Blood Donor Day the New Zealand Blood Service is saying ‘Thank You New Zealand’.
The generosity of Kiwis has made it possible for New Zealand to be the only country in the world, that we are aware of, to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency status, as defined by the World Health Organisation
“Self-sufficiency is considered the ‘gold standard’ by the World Health Organisation and is the cornerstone of ensuring a safe and certain blood supply for our health service.” explains Paul Hayes, Marketing and Communications Manager for the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS).
06 February 2013
This Valentine’s Day, the New Zealand Blood Service is inviting people to find out if they are the perfect match for someone other than their partner – someone in need of donated blood.
03 December 2012
The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is to partner with Ngāi Tahu Property to develop a major new facility on Christchurch’s old Addington Railway Workshops site.
The layout and size of the new Christchurch facility will enable the Blood Service to keep pace with collection and manufacturing demands, technology changes and increasing regulatory expectations.
15 October 2012
Media release from NZ Blood Service
Westpac staff around the country will soon be rolling up their sleeves to make life-saving deposits through blood donation.
The New Zealand Blood Service is pleased to announce that Westpac has joined Partners for Life, a new group programme which provides an easy and flexible support system for companies and organisations of all sizes to help their staff donate blood regularly as a team.
20 August 2012
New Zealand Blood Service is proud to now provide a FREE mobile phone app for NZ Blood Donors.
This app is only for New Zealand Blood Donors
The free mobile phone app allows donors to:
- Search for a donor centre or mobile blood drive
- Schedule an appointment
- Reschedule or cancel an appointment
- Register as a new donor
- Change their password
- View and modify their profile
- View appointment and donation history
Download it today! Search "NZBLOOD" at the App store or Google Play stores.
07 August 2012
All Donor Centres will be closed on Friday 10th August due to a computer system upgrade being carried out.
Opening hours may also differ for some Donor Centres on Thursday 9th August.
We apologise in advance to any donors who had planned to donate on this day. Please check the "Where to Donate" section of the website to view opening hours and please call us on 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325) to book appointments during our opening hours.
We thank you for your cooperation and patience.
18 June 2012
Building communities through volunteering: Volunteer Awareness Week Sunday 17 June to Saturday 23 June 2012 marks New Zealand’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.
14 June 2012
In the eyes of Kiwis, you don’t have to be Superman or conquer a world-first achievement to be a hero. Saving lives by donating blood will do just as well.
07 June 2012
Despite the weather in Christchurch today (Thursday 7th June) the Christchurch Donor Centre in Riccarton is open for blood donors. The Donor Centre is open until 2pm for regular donors and until 6:30pm for plasma and platelet donors. Due to regular donors have cough, colds and flu, the short week, and cancellation of the blood drive earlier this week, we would appreciate any donors who are eligible and able to, to book appointments to donate at the Donor centre this week by calling 0800 448 325.
10 May 2012
Due to a Nurses Training Day, the Auckland Donor Centres will be closed or have reduced opening hours on Monday 14th May.
Donors who have made appointments for that day (outside of the reduced opening hours), will be contacted where possible to reschedule for another day.
Thank you for your cooperation and we apologise for the inconvenience.
23 March 2012
The North Shore Donor Centre was temporarily closed due to building maintenance on Friday 16th and Monday 19th March. The centre was reopened on Wednesday 21st. Thank you for your cooperation.
13 March 2012
Thank you to all Christchurch donors for your patience over the last month while some of the donor car parks were cordoned off. These are all available again and we look forward to seeing you at the Riccarton Donor Centre.
14 February 2012
A performance audit report on the New Zealand Blood Service was tabled in Parliament today by the Office of the Auditor-General.
The report, New Zealand Blood Service: Managing the safety and supply of blood products provided an extremely positive assessment of the way the Blood Service operates.
05 December 2011
It's International Volunteer Day (5th December) and the team at the New Zealand Blood Service would like to say "THANK YOU" to all our volunteers and blood donors who help save lives throughout the year.
08 November 2011
Thanks to Otago Daily Times for this great article and for the subsequent numbers of donors who signed up as a result from it!
26 August 2011
The Minister of Health has announced the appointment of Ian Ward to the NZBS Board, replacing the vacancy left by Anne Urlwin.
15 August 2011
In spite of bad weather disrupting operations in the south, the New Zealand Blood Service still needs to meet its normal target of 3000 units nationally for the week.
03 August 2011
Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced re-appointments to the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) board.
Current NZBS board member David Chamberlain has been appointed as Chair and takes up the appointment on the 15th of August 2011.
29 July 2011
NZBS introduced a new set of behaviour based donor deferral criteria in 2009. These criteria were developed in 2008 by an independent expert advisory group commissioned by NZBS.
14 June 2011
The New Zealand Blood Service would like to thank all blood donors in New Zealand for being so wonderful this World Blood Donor Day. Your regular life-saving donations really make a difference to patients in need all over New Zealand. So THANK YOU.
13 June 2011
The Christchurch Donor Centre will be closed for the rest of the afternoon, following the 5.5 magnitude earthquake at 1pm this afternoon.
10 May 2011
The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) will celebrate World Blood Donor Day across the country on Tuesday 14 June 2011.
18 March 2011
Correction from AABB SmartBrief’s Society & Ethics News story 16th March 2011
The New Zealand Blood Service would like to correct the statement made by a UK MP...
14 March 2011
The Christchurch Blood Donor Centre is now open and operating under normal opening hours. Appointments are preferred but not mandatory this week.
10 March 2011
NZBS has received information about a concerning phone scam. A caller, claiming to be from NZBS, will tell you that you have an appointment to donate blood. The appointment may even be on a day that we do not operate. They will then call you back after the appointed time and tell you that you will be charged a $50 service fee for failing to attend. This call is NOT from NZBS.
08 March 2011
For Donors in Christchurch and the outlying areas visited by the Christchurch Mobile collection team, please be advised that there may be some changes over the coming months.
28 February 2011
On 22 February 2011, Christchurch and the surrounding area were struck by an earthquake that caused severe damage and tragic casualties.
23 February 2011
No urgent donors needed. No facilities for donation in Christchurch. The New Zealand Blood Service has sufficient blood stocks in Christchurch and around the country to meet the needs of those injured in the earthquake.
22 February 2011
We are aware Christchurch has been hit by a 6.3 earthquake at 12:51pm this afternoon (Tues 22nd Feb 2011). The Christchurch Blood Donor Centre will be closed until further notice.
09 November 2010
Cafe-style tables and non-clinical chairs designed to make blood donors feel more at ease are the brainchild of the Massey University design student who hopes her product will help encourage more people to give blood.
13 September 2010
The Christchurch Blood Donor Centre is open as normal for donors with booked appointments. To make an appointment please ring 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325).
08 September 2010
A decision has now been made NOT to reopen the Christchurch Blood Donor Centre this week.
07 September 2010
The Christchurch Blood Donor Centre will be open from 7-30 am tomorrow morning Wednesday the 8th of September.
06 September 2010
Following a review this morning the Christchurch Donor Centre will remain closed until further notice, until a seismic evaluation can be undertaken on the building to ensure it is completely safe.
05 September 2010
The Christchurch Donor Centre and the Nelson Donor Centre will be closed on Monday 6th September to all donors.
04 September 2010
Following from this morning’s earthquake in Christchurch, the New Zealand Blood Service will be monitoring the requirements for blood for the region.
23 August 2010
New Zealand Blood Service is launching a new advertising campaign to find new blood donors. The campaign includes a new TV Commercial supported by on-line and Adshel (bus shelter) advertising.
05 August 2010
New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) recently received a request from the Sunday Star Times (SST) related to the credit card usage and personal expense claim reimbursements of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
14 June 2010
World Blood Donor Day is an international event that the NZ Blood Service is celebrating across the country on Monday 14 June. It is an opportunity to thank life-saving blood donors...
11 May 2010
We are out for blood, this time with the help of some of the world’s most popular vampires. NZBS has teamed up with Hachette New Zealand, publishers of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, and PRIME, the broadcaster of HBO’s critically-acclaimed True Blood television series starring Anna Paquin, which is based on the novels.
30 September 2009
Support for a good cause sees the fur flying in the Air New Zealand Cup. If you think things are getting hairy in the Air New Zealand Cup it’s probably because a host of New Zealand’s top rugby players...
17 June 2009
The primary responsibility of the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is to ensure the availability of sufficient safe blood for patients in the New Zealand healthcare system.