About Us

The Leprosy Mission New Zealand is a Christian development organisation that works with leprosy-affected families and their communities.

Established in 1912, we are one of the oldest and most trusted charities in New Zealand. We are part of the Leprosy Mission International, a leading Christian development organisation that has a presence in over 29 leprosy-affected countries around the world.

Thousands of New Zealanders have been supporting our vital work for over 100 years, and we believe the long-standing connection we have with them is unique. This commitment to the Leprosy Mission has been passed down the generations, allowing us to give hope to countless leprosy-affected families around the world. With your help, leprosy can be eradicated from the face of the earth. 

Our Vision and Values

Our vision is a world where leprosy is defeated and lives are transformed.

Because we follow Jesus Christ, we value:






Our Story

For over 100 years the Leprosy Mission New Zealand has been creating life-changing connections between New Zealanders and people throughout the world affected by leprosy.

We are dedicated to curing, caring for and restoring leprosy-affected people, families and communities.

Over the last 30 years, 15 million people have been cured from leprosy, but there are still 5 million people affected by leprosy today.

The Leprosy Mission New Zealand, in partnership with our supporters and the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship and others, is dedicated to ending leprosy and transforming lives.

 Our Strategy

  • Leprosy still exists
  • There is a cure
  • It can be ended in our lifetime

Most New Zealanders are not aware that leprosy exists, and that once detected it can be easily cured. The Leprosy Mission New Zealand is part of a global organisation that is world-class in curing, caring for and restoring people with leprosy.

The three priorities of our Strategic Plan 2014-18 are;

  1. Engage New Zealanders in ending leprosy and transforming lives.
  2. Resource and support field programmes that cure, care for and restore people with leprosy.
  3. Actively partner with the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship to end global leprosy.

For more information you can download our Strategic Plan here.