ME/CFS Support (Auckland) Incorported
Around 6,000 Aucklanders suffer from ME/CFS. That's the greatest number of any city in New Zealand. It's around 1/3 of all the sufferers in the country.
What we do
All people with ME/CFS* live their most fulfilling life.
We exist to help people living with ME/CFS. We provide direct support services in Auckland and online support for Aotearoa New Zealand.
We help people with ME/CFS to improve their symptoms and to improve their well-being.
* this includes related conditions and the carers/relatives of those with ME/CFS.
Our mission is for every person with ME/CFS and related conditions, experience high quality health care and community support, free from stigma and discrimination.
We empower people with ME/CFS through solutions-focused education, unwavering advocacy, fostering meaningful connections and compassionate emotional and practical support.
We aim to improve the lives of those with ME/CFS and their families, by providing accessible support not otherwise available through the public health system.
members & volunteers
Online Support groups
In 2013, the coordinators of the West Auckland, East Auckland and North Shore support groups recognised the need to bring Auckland wide support to those with ME/CFS.
Yvonne Bristow, Wendy Matthews and Anton Reinauer met and discussed the need for field workers. There were none in Auckland, despite Auckland having an estimated 6,000 sufferers, many of whom are severely disabled, and most facing difficulty accessing information, help, a diagnosis and recognition of the severity of the illness.
In 2014, John Kelliher (who was previously Secretary and Manager for Bay of Plenty ME/CFS Support) was relocating to Auckland and offered his help in setting up the society.
ME Auckland had its inaugural meeting on 31st August 2013. It became an incorporated society on 6th September 2013 and a registered charity on 19th February 2014 (Charity No. CC50218).
In April 2016 ME Auckland contracted its first field worker, Bronwyn-Leigh McInroy, to help in schools.