The Nest Collective is a registered charity that works alongside social workers and other community partners to provide free packs of baby and children’s essentials for whānau in need.
Our vision is that all New Zealand babies are given a great start in life to enable them to flourish.
What We Do
We give packs of new, pre-loved, handcrafted and repurposed essentials including clothing, toys, nappies, bedding, books and more.
Our items are sourced through donations (both physical and financial) and provided to families via social workers, kaiāwhina, midwives, nurses and other local community partners.
“You have no idea what a wonderful resource you are in enabling us to meet the material needs of our clients. If these needs are met it opens the doors to address the real issues behind these needs.” – Social worker
Why do we do it?
Every baby in Aotearoa should come into the world with the basic necessities and parents, families and whānau should feel supported. One in nine children live in households reporting material hardship, which means many families face impossible financial decisions, such as choosing between paying the power bill or buying warm clothing for their children.
How parents are doing is central to babies’ wellbeing and early development. Not having enough resources to support a baby’s wellbeing, such as nappies and warm clothes, creates stress, as evidenced through higher rates of postpartum depression among low-income mothers, that disrupts parents’ ability to connect and interact with their babies in ways that go on to affect their children’s development and wellbeing. The evidence is clear: what happens in the first years of life impacts children’s life-long trajectories. Helping families is the right thing to do and research shows that early investment in children pays off in the long term for families and society.