About the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand
We are a non-profit organisation formed to provide on-going support, education and advocacy for people with MS and their support networks. It also aims to educate the general public, employers and health professionals about MS and actively funds key research into the condition.
The Society was established in 1967 and today there are 18 Regional Societies from Northland to Southland. Each Regional Society is autonomous and appoints one office holder to represent them on the National Council. The MSSNZ Board (including the President) is elected from the National Council and is responsible for developing and monitoring MSSNZ policies.
The current members of the MS Society of New Zealand's Committee are:
- President - Malcolm Rickerby
- Neil Woodhams
- Mark Etheridge
- Jeff Silvester
- Jenny Boyer
- Tania McGregor
- National Coordinator - Amanda Keefe
The Board is supported by the MSSNZ National Office based in Christchurch. The office is run by the National Coordinator.
MSSNZ offers a wide variety of services, some of which are described in our leaflet. This assistance is available to people with MS, family members and their carers. Information on any of our activities is available from National Office.
The Field Worker Sercvice has been operating for more than twenty years. It has developed into a vital and high profile service available to all members at no charge. Field Workers are trained to give advice on a wide range of matters concerning MS as well as arranging social groups, exercise classes, support meetings and service referrals. All Regional Societies have skilled and experienced professionals providing one-on-one support and information.
MSSNZ liaises with allied organisations and government bodies to ensure policies concerning people with MS receive considered input from those who will be affected.
Go to our Contacts page to contact National Office or any Regional MS Society.