Perina holds a goat she received through the ChildFund NZ Gifts that Grow program. Photo by Jake Lyell.

Locals have ‘goat’ Christmas sorted


Nelson-Marlborough locals are full of Christmas spirit.

In the past decade, the generous people of the Nelson-Marlborough region have gifted 234 goats to families in developing countries through ChildFund New Zealand’s Gifts that Grow catalogue, with over 8,000 purchased across the country as a whole.

ChildFund New Zealand CEO Paul Brown extends his heartfelt thanks to the people in Nelson and Marlborough for truly making a difference to children and their families living in poverty in Zambia, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

“When you give a goat as a gift this Christmas you can help to lift a child out of poverty. For a family in a developing country, a goat represents so much more than a pet. As well as providing a valuable food source for families to feed their children, it also enables the family to earn an income and create a sustainable future, free from poverty.” says Paul.

“ChildFund’s commitment to providing training on improved farming practices also means the goats can provide an income to the families. They are relatively easy to rear and breed, giving families the opportunity to sell surplus milk and animals.”

Priced at just $50, this year ChildFund would like to see 1,000 goats purchased as alternative gifts throughout New Zealand, and become a Christmas best seller.

In addition to the goats, this year’s Gifts that Grow is the perfect way to give a truly meaningful gift, because every gift in the catalogue has the power to transform a child’s life.


To order, visit or call 0800 223111. Purchasers receive a special gift card explaining the gift and how it will benefit the recipient, and also get a ‘gift back’ via a full tax credit.