About the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is a non-profit organisation formed to advocate for systemic change so people with MS in New Zealand have access to first world treatment, resources and services to improve their well-being and quality of life. The work of MSNZ aims to reduce the burden of MS on those diagnosed, their carers and families.

MSNZ was established in 1967 provides support, information and educational resources to 18 Regional Societies supporting people living with MS in their communities.

Each Regional Society is autonomous and appoints one office holder to represent them on the National Council. The MSNZ 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:

  • Malcolm Rickerby - President
  • Neil Woodhams - Vice President
  • Mark Etheridge
  • Jeff Silvester
  • Jane Heywood
  • Ian Chadburn
  • Tony Kerr


National Office

  • National Manager - Amanda Keefe
  • Administration and Communications Coordinator - Emily Smith

To contact the National Office based in Christchurch:


Free phone within NZ: 0800 MS LINE (64 54 67)

MSNZ Services

MSNZ and our Regional Societies offer a wide variety of services, some of which are described in our Facts About MS leaflet.  Assistance is available to people with MS, family members and their carers.  Information on any of our activities is available from National Office.

2016 - 20 Strategic Plan

Our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan can be downloaded here

2015-6 Annual Report

Our 2015-6 Annual Report can be downloaded here

Field Workers

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, employed by their Regional Societies, 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.

MSNZ provides annual Field Worker Training to MS Field Workers. MSNZ also supplies Regional Societies with information and educational resources about MS, it's symptoms and management which are available through MS Field Workers.


MSNZ liaises with allied organisations and government bodies to ensure policies concerning people with MS receive considered input from those who will be affected.

Contact Details

Go to our Contacts page to contact National Office or any Regional MS Society.