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It is estimated that around 20,000 people in New Zealand suffer from ME/CFS, each with their own story. Here are two.


Richie Barnett

Former Rugby League player, ME/CFS sufferer

Richie Barnett had a distinguished career in Rugby League, which included captaining the New Zealand team in the 2000 World Cup. Richie retired due to ME/CFS but has nearly recovered to full health since.


"I’ve been through some pretty horrific accidents in my life,” says Richie Barnett, former rugby league star and one-time Kiwi captain, recalling in particular the devastating on-field headbutt in 2000 that resulted in 10 plates being inserted into his face. “It was one of the most difficult and painful things I’ve been through, a complete facial reconstruction. “But I would rather go through that again than go through ME[CFS]. Hands down"

-The Listener


Source: ANZMES videos

Professor Warren Tate

Distinguished biomedical researcher, father of ME/CFS sufferer

Professor Warren Tate is a biomedical researcher at the University of Otago. In 2010, he was awarded New Zealand's highest scientific honour for moleculor biology and molecular neuroscience. In 2011 Professor Tate was awarded a CNZM for services to science.


As a highly respected scientist, and father of a ME/CFS sufferer, Professor Tate provides an invaluable view on the illness.



Source: ANZMES videos

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