New Foreign National Resource

New Zealand Red Cross, Department of Internal Affairs and Catalyst have teamed up and collaborated to rapidly respond and provide support to the Foreign Nationals on temporary visas who are experiencing serious hardship as a result of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

In just ten days, the teams have built an easy-to-access website where users complete a short form to apply for assistance that will meet basic needs, such as food and accommodation.

Users are also able to upload supporting documents such as bills, making it easy for those on the admin side to verify, validate and provide the necessary support.

Thanks to Internal Affairs and Catalyst already having a strong and trusting relationship, the teams were able to quickly and efficiently work together and technologically leverage off the already very successful Life Event builds, such as SmartStart.

Becky Cassam, Life Events Services Manager at Internal Affairs, said “It is always an absolute pleasure working with Catalyst. We have a very trusting working relationship, and Catalyst has always delivered on time. Collectively we have designed, built, tested, and deployed an application front-end with a back-end office admin function to support Foreign Nationals - all in 10 days!”

Catalyst and Internal Affairs will continue as always to collaborate and innovate to meet the needs of those in New Zealand.

Share the website around your social circles and spread the word about the help available: https://foreignnationals.services.govt.nz/

Desktop displaying Foreign National resource