CID Humanitarian Network

The Council for International Development facilitates the CID Humanitarian Network (formerly the NDRF), a standing committee of CID members that have an interest and involvement in international humanitarian response and emergency management issues.

The aim of the Humanitarian Network is to provide a collective civil society voice and forum for cooperation and shared learning for best practice in international humanitarian assistance for New Zealand NGOs. Humanitarian Network members work closely together during humanitarian emergencies to minimise duplication and ensure their response is as effective as possible.

The Humanitarian Network is an open forum and encourages non-CID members and observers, such as the Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to engage with the Humanitarian Network and contribute to the outcomes of the forum.

For more information about the Humanitarian Network and up-to-date information on the latest emergencies, contact, and see CID’s recent Press Releases.

The Terms of Reference for the Humanitarian Network are available here

CID Humanitarian Network Terms of Reference




Our People - Humanitarian Network

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Carlos Calderon Bonilla

Humanitarian Network Chair

Humanitarian and disaster management specialist with over 22-year experience in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, The Pacific and New Zealand – Aotearoa.  During these years, Carlos developed humanitarian strategies and programmes, policies, influencing strategies, relationships and institutional representation, at local, regional and global levels.  Currently working for a second period as Oxfam Aotearoa’s Humanitarian Lead, Carlos worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Oxfam Intermon (Spain), UNRWA Spanish Committee, Red Cross Spain and UNICEF, among others. Former NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) Deputy Chair from 2016 to 2017. Carlos’s Thematic experience covers humanitarian coordination & information management, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods (FSL) and logistics. Focus on human rights, children, gender, protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

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Nina Tu'i

Humanitarian Network Deputy Chair

Nina Tu’i is Head of Programmes for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. She has over 15 years of experience leading international development programmes, including in education, international disaster response, emergency management, and financial management. Most recently she was with New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency as Programme Manager for the NZ Disaster Risk Management Programme in the Pacific.

Nina lived in the Pacific for 12 years (Tonga, Samoa and Fiji) and led the educational research work for the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific, the Pacific Community (SPC). Nina’s breadth of experience ranges from leading the implementation of community development projects in the Pacific to managing international development projects for the New Zealand Government.


Stuart Meiklejohn

CID - Standards and Humanitarian Manager

Stuart has worked in a number of emergency management and policy roles in New Zealand government. He has worked at the National Emergency Management Agency for the last three and a half years in planning and emergency welfare services, working closely with NGOs involved in domestic responses. He has also been involved in government responses to Cyclone Gabrielle, COVID-19, and Whakaari/White Island emergencies along with many others. Other roles include senior advisor for emergency management at the Ministry of Social Development, and private secretary for biosecurity while working for the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Stuart has also spent a number of years overseas in emergency management and humanitarian roles, including a year in the Philippines in disaster management planning and a year in Mongolia working for their National Emergency Management Agency.

Stuart has undergraduate degrees in law and business, a master’s degree focused on international law, a post-graduate diploma in emergency management, and has volunteered for eight years in Land Search and Rescue.