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About Us

What is Gifted?

Gifted is the alternative gift programme of Christian World Service (CWS). It has a gift for every occasion – all gifts help people overcome poverty and injustice in their local communities. So your gift gives twice – once for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, to say thanks or just because AND once to people in need around the world.

All gifts directly support current CWS community development programmes. Donations to CWS’s work are made on behalf of your gift recipient.

The Gifted programme provides fun and meaningful gifts. Donors and gift recipients get a strong sense of what their donations help achieve.


Who is CWS?

CWS is the international aid and development agency of Protestant Churches of New Zealand. Established to help in war-torn Europe, CWS has been working for change ever since. We help communities survive disaster and overcome poverty.
CWS provides help where it is needed – regardless of race or religion by

  • Funding groups tackling poverty and helping people build decent livelihoods in their own communities
  • Responding to humanitarian emergencies
  • Raising awareness of development issues within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Campaigning against the causes of global poverty and injustice.

Visit our main website for a list of our funders, supporting churches and partners as well as our values, history, annual report and personnel.


Is CWS a recognised charity in New Zealand?

Yes, CWS is a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005. Our registration number is #CC22288. View our details on the Charities Commission website.


How can I contact you?

CWS national office is based in Christchurch at 309 Durham Street in the Aldersgate Centre. Email us at or phone 0800 74 73 72/ 03 366 9274 during office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday).
Check out our main website for more information and updates of our work.