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Harry may have been born with an extremely rare genetic disorder, but thanks to blood donors around the country, you wouldn’t know it.

When was the last time you donated blood - put your feet up, chatted to a friendly blood service nurse and lent an arm?

Around this time of year, New Zealand Blood Service is happy to see many couples throughout the country who like to ‘make a date to donate’ together around Valentine’s Day and give a gift that’s truly from the heart - the gift of life.

Since the beginning of the human race, we have had a profound fascination with blood, from the mythological vampires found in many cultures throughout the world, to the Ancient Egyptians’ belief that drinking human blood would increase their existence in the afterlife.

Kiwis have summer sussed, it’s all about relaxing and our essentials are pretty simple - a comfy possi,feet up, a relaxing drink and a bite to eat… But this summer you don’t need to be at the bach to enjoy all these things, because New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) regularly offers its donors the best seat in the house, followed by a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit to those who help save lives over the holiday period (well actually, at any time of the year).

From Monday 15th December, New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is introducing revisions to its donor eligibility criteria.  These include changes to the donor behavioural criteria, as well as changes to donor eligibility following return from overseas travel to reduce the risk of transmission of a number of insect borne infections.

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