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Blood donation is considered an essential service, donor centres will remain open and New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is urging all eligible, healthy blood donors to book an appointment, and keep their commitment to donating blood.

Paul Tomlin was 19 years old when he first signed up to be a blood donor – he was just accompanying his uncle and had agreed to give a few minutes of his day to donate blood.

Dr Natalie Robinson spends five weeks a year down in Antarctica gathering data to better understand the impacts of climate change.

Jarom, a 24-year-old university graduate from Hamilton, had only donated blood twice before he learned that he was a bone marrow match for someone in dire need.

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