About MSNZ

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) is a non-profit organisation formed to work with member organisations to meet the needs of people with Multiple Sclerosis, their families and carers, through national leadership, advocacy, communication, and national and international collaboration.

MSNZ was established in 1967 and provides support, information, educational resources and training to 18 independent Regional Societies supporting 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 – Fundraising Coordinator
  • Sam Barber – Administration Coordinator
  • Louise Mckinlay – Communications Coordinator


Organisational Structure

Each Regional Society appoints one office holder to represent them on the National Council. Regional Societies are allocated into 4 Clusters who each nominate annually a representative to sit on the MSNZ National Executive Committee to advocate for their Clusters interests. 3 Independent members are also voted on by the National Council for two year terms.

The National Executive Committee votes for the President and Vice President from within the Committee. The Executive Committee can also co-opt up to two members.

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:

  • Neil Woodhams – Independent – President
  • Jeff Silvester – Independent
  • Jan Hollway – MS Auckland – Upper North Island Cluster Representative
  • Graham Walker – MS Taranaki – Lower North Island Cluster Representative
  • Jenny Woods – MS West Coast – Upper South Island Cluster Representative
  • Jan Campbell – Co-opted
  • Allan Teviotdale – MS Otago, Lower South Island and Cluster Representative


Current Strategic Plan

MSNZ Strategic Plan 2020-2025


Annual Reports

MSNZ 2020 Annual Report

MSNZ 2021 Annual Report



Audited Annual Accounts

MSNZ Performance Report and Audited Accounts FY end 30 June 2020

MSNZ Performance Report and Audited Accounts FY end 30 June 2021




Our vision and mission

National voice for people impacted by Multiple Sclerosis

MS Treatments
Disease Modifying Treatments

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