Aroha for Ukraine​

Aroha for Ukraine Book Project

Kia ora.

It’s been a year since the New Zealand government announced the Special Ukraine Visa Policy for families of Ukrainian Kiwis fleeing from Ukraine after Russia’s full-scale invasion. At that time, we asked Kiwi kids and young people to write messages of welcome and aroha that we could put into a book and gift to our new whānau. As a result, we received literally thousands of submissions!

We are so grateful to everyone who contributed art, poetry, photos and messages. Your love and care is powerful and heartfelt. We wish we could have included them all in our book but there were just too many!

We have collated some of the submissions and they have been made into a book called “Aroha for Ukraine”.


The e-book was launched on the 1 year anniversary of the Special Ukraine Policy – Wednesday, 15 March 2023.

At the time of launch, we could only publish it as an e-book digitally,  we have since fundraised to produce print copies that we can gift to the Ukrainian children and families who have come to New Zealand since 15 March 2022.  

Now with the printing project underway, we are planning to host the offical Launch Event (save the date – 12 August 2023) in Auckalnd and invite our displaced faliies as well as project contributors! More details on the Launch Event TBC (please keep an eye on our events page). Any additional donations will go towards the event itslef.

To donate please go to our Give-a-little page: 



You can contact us about this project or to send some Aroha via
or by post at: Mahi for Ukraine, PO Box 106818, Auckland, 1143, New Zealand