Every day, 135 New Zealanders need blood or blood products and for many, it quite simply means the difference between life and death.

While 28-year-old financial advisor Daniel Johnson was giving blood one day, he had a chat with one of the NZBS blood transfusion nurses about bone marrow donation.

Auckland Girls Grammar School (AGGS) students were recently given a ‘backstage pass’ tour of New Zealand Blood Service’s Epsom Donor Centre, to witness firsthand the journey that donated blood goes on, after learning about blood testing in the classroom.

The Board of New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) has appointed Samantha (Sam) Cliffe as its new Chief Executive Officer from April 20th, replacing Fiona Ritsma who spent eight and a half years at the helm.

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.

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