Recent research has found that New Zealanders have reprioritised the importance of caring for others, with kindness for each other being more important than ever during these tough times. Following its success in Australia, the Care Collective, brought to you by Panadol, launched in New Zealand to uncover the remarkable stories of Kiwis who give back to their community and pay it forward by giving them something that will make a real difference to their lives, enabling them to better care for themselves and their community.

The Care Collective, brought to you by Panadol, has recognised a number of winners across the motu and is rewarding them with a share in $15,000 worth of care packages.

One of those winners is Teriria Stephenson, creator of Backpack Outreach / He Kete Aroha, a non-profit charity helping disadvantaged kids in Manawatu. They distribute care packages to children who have been removed from their homes through domestic violence, neglect and poverty.