Our Mission and Vision

NZAF has a vision of an Aotearoa with zero HIV transmission where people living with or affected by HIV flourish and a mission to prevent transmission, reduce stigma and maximise the well-being of those most affected by HIV

NZAF seeks to be a responsible, credible and accountable organisation that values an informed, strategic and education-based approach to tackling New Zealand’s HIV epidemic. We are a community-centred organisation and are committed to promoting biculturalism and diversity that is representative of Aotearoa.

An Aotearoa with zero HIV transmission where people living with or affected by HIV flourish
Kia kore ngā mate Whakaruhi Ārai Kore, kia hiki te oranga ō te tāngata ī roto ō Aotearoa, kia puawai

Prevent transmission, reduce stigma and maximise the well-being of those most affected by HIV
Whakakahore te mate, whakaiti te poapoa me whakakaha te oranga ō ngā tāngata e pā ana ki te Whakaruhi Ārai Kore


Our Values


We have a proud history of being at the forefront of the HIV response in New Zealand. We act with conviction and inspire change. We are courageous and set audacious goals. We hold ourselves to account.  


We have a strong commitment to providing evidence-based programmes and services. We are constantly learning and we adapt and innovate for greater impact. We are committed to sharing information with the communities we serve.


We respect and value each other and our communities. We thrive on our diversity and are committed to equality and equity in the work we do. We build and nurture partnerships because we recognise the value in collective strength.


We are committed to doing what is right. We act with integrity and stand up for what we believe in. We recognise our duty of care to the communities we serve.  


We are empathetic and nurture the wellbeing of the communities we serve. We are humble and always open to listening. We are trustworthy and caring.  


About the New Zealand AIDS Foundaton

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is New Zealand’s national HIV prevention and health services organisation. The work of NZAF includes HIV prevention and community engagement, testing and health services, science and advocacy. This work is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health through trusts and grant-making bodies and through donations from individuals and businesses.

NZAF's National Office is in Auckland. There are regional centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and contracted professionals providing rapid testing and counselling services in most areas of New Zealand.

NZAF is a registered charity that grew out of gay community initiatives in the 1980s and today it brings history, passion, commitment, expertise and diversity to meet the emerging trends of the HIV epidemic and the changing needs of the communities it serves.

NZAF has been at the forefront of the community response to HIV in Aotearoa for more than 30 years. In response to the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s and originally known as The AIDS Support Network, we joined the fight to decriminalise homosexuality and uphold the rights of those living with HIV and the broader Rainbow community.

HIV education in the early years was championed by the energetic leadership of Bruce Burnett, a Kiwi living with HIV who had recently returned from San Francisco. He was joined by a dedicated team of volunteers including community members, medical professionals and allies. Like too many in those early years, Bruce passed away in 1985. One year later, NZAF secured a site at Auckland Hospital to provide HIV testing and counselling. Bruce’s memory lives on as NZAF continues to provide these services at the aptly named Burnett Centre in Auckland, along with Āwhina Centre in Wellington and Te Toka in Christchurch.

With the same passion and commitment as those who came before us, NZAF continues to prevent HIV transmission, reduce stigma and maximise the wellbeing of those most affected. 

Through our community engagement, behaviour-change marketing campaigns, and testing and therapeutic support services, we reach people across New Zealand. 

We advocate for healthy public policy and supportive environments to enable our work and all our programmes and services are informed by the best available science and evidence.

As a registered charity, our work is made possible through funding from the Ministry of Health, passionate trust foundations and donations from like-minded individuals who share our vision.

Together, we are working towards an Aotearoa with zero HIV transmissions where people living with or affected by HIV flourish.