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About Us

Parkinson's NZ Local Support

Parkinson's New Zealand provides education, information, and professional support for all people with Parkinson's, including their caregivers, friends, and families.

Founded in 1983, the Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust (Parkinson’s New Zealand) is a community-centric, non-profit organisation, registered with the Charities Services and reliant on funding from grants, bequests, and donations.

We have 20 local areas supported by a National Office in Wellington.

We offer members:

  • A Parkinson's Nurse and Community Educator Service.
  • Publications about Parkinson’s.
  • Regular information through our quarterly magazine, The Parkinsonian.
  • A special interest group called UPBEAT, for people with early-onset Parkinson’s and their families.
  • A library.
  • National representation and lobbying.
  • Seminars and conferences.

We also provide information and educational services to non-members, health professionals, and the general public. We work closely with other neurological organisations, and in some less populated areas, Parkinson's Community Educator Services are supplied by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Parkinson's Awareness Week

Parkinson's Awareness Week is held on April 11 - 17 every year, to coincide with World Parkinson's Day on April 11.

The World Parkinson’s Charter, signed by Parkinson’s New Zealand

Declared this 11th day of April, 1997:

People with Parkinson's disease have the right to:

  • Be referred to a doctor with a specialist interest in Parkinson's,
  • Receive an accurate diagnosis,
  • Have access to support services,
  • Receive continuous care, and
  • Take part in managing the illness.