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We've collected over twenty tonnes of obsolete currency, that's the equivalent weight of 3 elephants, 30 cattle or 4000 cats!

Help us reach the 25 tonne milestone by taking your old money and foreign currency to any Resene store, selected New World supermarkets, anywhere you see a Heads Up for Kids collection tin, or by calling 0800 OLD MONEY

  • Please scroll down to find Heads Up for Kids Application for Funding Forms

Donate old New Zealand & foreign currency

and support Kiwi kids

Copper trails, brass razoos and gold sovereigns are all part of the Lions Clubs of New Zealand’s unusual campaign Heads Up for Kids.

Launched in July 2010, Heads Up for Kids is a unique collection which asks New Zealanders to dig out and donate old decimal and pre-decimal New Zealand currency, and all foreign money.  The obsolete cash is then redeemed for New Zealand dollars and used to fund education programmes for young New Zealanders who would otherwise not get the opportunity.

Because the obsolete currency is no longer legal tender, and foreign coins cannot be exchanged in this country, the project is not in competition with other fundraising dollars.

Over 100 young people have already benefited from Heads Up for Kids, receiving scholarships to organisations such as Spirit of Adventure and Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centres.

To date Lions have collected over 20 tonnes of coins and thousands of banknotes bringing the total raised close to $500,000. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand estimates that there is $80 million in old decimal and pre-decimal NZ coins and $20 million in old banknotes unaccounted for.

There are plenty more coins still out there and Lions Clubs of New Zealand are hoping to collect $1 million.

If you have any old coins or foreign currency that you would like to donate, please take them to your nearest Resene Colorshop or I-Site (Nationwide) or New World stores (in Wellington, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Taranaki, and Hawke's Bay). From here old money and foreign currency is couriered to the counting parlour by our kind sponsor Fastway Couriers.

Or call to 0800 Old Money to have a Lion collect it from you.


For further information, please contact Project Manager Pam Hawkins,

on email


For media releases - please download:

View TV One's Breakfast - March 2012
Heads Up for Kids - Breakfast TV

View the Heads Up for Kids story on Campbell Live - November 2010

Funding and Applications

Lions Clubs New Zealand and our Heads Up for Kids project work to provide a helping hand for young people. We aim to assist New Zealand youth to perform at their best academic ability, to develop leadership skills, to establish life goals and to reach their full potential. 

Funding assistance is only available for activities undertaken within New Zealand.

All applications require support from a New Zealand Lions Club. If you do not know your local Lions, please use our online directory to find the closest Lions Clubs to you. Find a Lion

Please download and complete the form which best suits your funding requirements for either groups or individuals.

  • Form for Individual Funding Assistance PDF
  • Form for Group Funding Assistance PDF
  • Additional form for Group Funding Assistance PDF
  • Ambassador Role PDF
  • Application Terms and Conditions PDF


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