About MSNZ

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 also provides support, information, educational resources and training opportunities to our member organisations, 18 independent regional societies, who provide support to people living with MS in their communities.

Our national office is based in the garden city of Christchurch and is supported by:

  • Amanda Rose – National Manager
  • Emily Smith – Communications and Administration Coordinator
  • Regan De Burgh – Project Coordinator

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

Each Regional Society appoints one office holder to represent them on the National Council. The MSNZ National Executive Committee (including the President) is elected from the National Council with each of the 4 Clusters nominating a representative to advocate for their interests.


The National Executive Committee is the governing body that oversees, directs and resources the operations and activities of MSNZ. All members of the National Committee are required to act in the best interests of MSNZ and the Regional Societies as a whole.


The current members of the MS Society of New Zealand’s Committee are:

  • Malcolm Rickerby – Canterbury – President
  • Neil Woodhams – Auckland – Vice President
  • Mark Etheridge – Hawkes Bay – Independent
  • Jeff Silvester – Waikato – Upper North Island Cluster Representative
  • Graham Walker – Taranaki – Lower North Island Cluster Representative
  • Melanie Stanton – Marlborough – Top of the South Island Cluster Representative
  • Lyn Lindsay – Southland – Lower South Island Cluster Representative


MSNZ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 

MSNZ Annual Report 2017-2018

MSNZ Annual Report 2016-2017





Our vision and mission

To advocate for people with MS in NZ to have access to first world treatment, resources & treatment

Regional Support
What do our Regional Societies offer?

A wide variety of support and services for people affected by MS

MS Treatments
Disease Modifying Treatments

DMT's available for the treatment of MS in New Zealand.