Our Islands

The Islands of the South Pacific

Overwater bungalows. Colourful reefs. Gin-clear water. Extreme adventures. There’s a lot to love about the South Pacific as a tourist or intrepid traveller. Sadly however, the life for the animals who inhabit these islands is not usually as appealing. Disease, starvation, injury and uncontrolled breeding all add to a sense of misery for many animals, and the situation can become overwhelming when there is a lack of focus on veterinary aid and education. South Pacific Animal Welfare is filling a gap. We see our role as that of “carer” and “educator” and we work very hard to foster strong relationships with our island partners. We foster positive change by being present and giving freely. Generally, an island will have few or no registered veterinarians. Our focus therefore is to work collaboratively with governments and educate and upskill where we can to benefit an islands own animal welfare resources in the mid-longer term. SPAW not only delivers free aid, we will also provide training and upskilling to local vet technicians who work with us, as part of our team. SPAW is proud to work within the following island nations;

THE KINGDOM OF TONGA – Tongatapu, Eu’a and Vava’u

FIJI – Taveuni

SAMOA – Upolo and Sava’ii



South Pacific Animal Welfare introduced our volunteer programme and the concept of running free veterinary care programmes to The Kingdom of Tonga in 2010 and Niue in 2011. At the time, neither Niue or Tonga had any regular veterinary services or desexing programme. In 2012-2013, we visited Samoa, Fiji and The Cook Islands for the first time offering a mix of services including parasite care, desexing and humane education. Since we began delivering our programme in 2010 we have sent teams of veterinarians and vet nurses to Niue (five trips), Samoa (3 trips), Fiji (3 trips), Vava’u, Tonga (5 trips), and Tongatapu, Tonga (over 30 trips). We also visit Eu’a, off Tongatapu’s main land when we can. In 2017 alone we recruited over 40 professional volunteers to help us deliver our services. Combined, these efforts are valued at over $NZ3million.



We are a New Zealand based organisation founded because of our strong historical and cultural connections to the Pacific plus a very real need to provide this service. Quite simply, animals need our help – to be a voice to better their lives in whatever way we can. Welcome to our journey.

Contact SPAW
Telephone   + 64 27 527 3642
Email     enquiries@spaw.org.nz


South Pacific Animal Welfare is a registered charity in New Zealand.

Our registration number is: CC46408