Support for Newly Diagnosed Service

Struggling to understand your condition? We’re here for you! Arthritis New Zealand has a team of volunteers who live with different forms of arthritis and they’re keen to provide phone support to anyone who would like it.

If you would like to talk to someone who understands your condition, please call 0800 663 463 and we will refer you to someone who can support you.

Arthritis & Experiences of the Benefit System

We are currently seeking information on the experiences of people with arthritis who have interacted with the benefit system, either on Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support or a Supported Living Payment. The information you provide will help guide our work in ensuring that people with arthritis are adequately supported. 


Improving the life of every person in New Zealand affected by arthritis

If you have arthritis, or know someone with arthritis, we are here for you! We provide information, advice and support for anyone diagnosed with arthritis. We can put you in touch with healthcare professionals and other community supports throughout the country.

Our work also includes advocating for people with arthritis, funding research, and contributing to health policy. Arthritis affects more than 624,000 New Zealanders and is a leading cause of disability. There are more than 140 forms of arthritis and there is no cure, but it can usually be managed effectively. Most people with arthritis continue to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Packaging survey – have your say


We know the problems people with arthritis face with opening packaging,
and we’re collecting information about this in a survey. Have your say here, and see what Fair Go recently broadcast about this very frustrating
packaging business.

Number of people (15 years and older) with arthritis in New Zealand (2016)


The ‘Your Community, Your Voice’ Bloggers

Tash from MKR is running for Arthritis New Zealand

Natasha Whitewood, also known as Tash from the latest season of New Zealand's MKR, is running in the Parnell Waiters Race on Sunday November 12th 2017. She  chose this charity because her mum had rheumatoid arthritis for years & she knows the impact it has on not...

Understanding and managing arthritis pain – Webinar

Learn how to manage arthritis pain from the comfort of your own home Join our Webinar 16 November 4.00pm to 5.00pm- bringing the expertise of Arthritis Educators and a pharmacist directly to you Long term pain does not have to rule your life. Learning about how pain...

AGM Saturday 25th November

AGM Saturday 25th November  11:15am - 1:00pm Novotel Hotel Cathedral Square Christchurch  You are warmly invited to attend the Annual General meeting of Arthritis New Zealand in Christchurch and also meet our new Chief Executive Philip Kearney who will open the...

Phone coaching service in Waikato: take charge of your arthritis:

Take charge of your arthritis with a new phone coaching service available throughout the Waikato DHB region.  Call 0800 663 463 to sign on for three months of a telephone coaching service, and learn how to: Understand your arthritis Manage pain Gain skills for the...

Paraparaumu workshop, Nov 17: Beyond joint replacement

Beyond joint replacement, what other solutions are there for arthritis pain? Come along and learn about how pain works, exercise, weight loss, medications and more. When: Friday 17 November 9.30am – 11.30am Where: Pohutukawa Room, Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahini...

Managing flare-ups: Kapiti workshop, Nov 23

Come along and learn how to make a flare-up plan for your arthritis. See what strategies work best, and about some of the great equipment that’s on offer to help you through. When Thursday 23 November 10.00am – 12.00pm Where Paraparaumu Library Meeting Room, 9 Iver...

Free phone support in Waikato from Arthritis NZ

People with arthritis in the Waikato DHB area now have access to personalised telephone coaching from Arthritis New Zealand. The service is designed to help people manage their pain and other symptoms, improve their quality of life and slow the progression of the...

Our new CEO It is with great pleasure we announce the appointment of Philip Kearney as the Chief Executive Officer at Arthritis New Zealand. Philip's many accomplishments include his roles as Director, Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Otago,...

Applications open for Arthritis NZ Children’s Camp, Feb 2018

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with arthritis or another rheumatological condition in the past year? Applications are now invited for places at the 2018 Arthritis New Zealand Children’s Camp on 23 – 25 February, 2018 in Matamata. What does camp involve?...

Questions about arthritis answered, Island Bay, 9 November

Questions​ ​about​ ​arthritis? Come​ ​along​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​with​ ​Arthritis Educator​ ​Zoe​ ​Pullman​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small,​ ​friendly​ ​group clinic.​ ​Topics​ ​include​ ​exercise,​ ​managing​ ​pain and​ ​fatigue,​ ​medications,​ ​and​ ​sleep. When: Thursday​ ​9​...

Hotriggeredkiwi: River reflections

It was so quiet and peaceful on the river this morning. The weather wasn’t brilliant, requiring the Swanndri for warmth and some protection from the impending rain. Even the hunter’s long pants got used as the riverbank grasses are now thigh deep; they dried quickly...

Hand hub: Exercises for thumb arthritis

Exercise for thumb arthritis There is increasing evidence for the benefits of strengthening exercises for thumb arthritis. Exactly which exercises? Still nothing specific from the literature! Go for pain-free We try and give pain-free exercises whenever we can,...

Kate Meldrum: My disease has made me a better person

“Your disease is something you have, not who you are.” “Don’t let your disease define you.” These are common phrases those with chronic illness often hear. When I think about it the flip side of these sayings, though, I realise that chronic illness is a major factor...

Sarah Shelton: Taking care of you

It’s pretty easy to forget about looking after ourselves some days, especially if we have a lot of things going on, or we are having a bad health day. A chronic health condition certainly makes this a little harder than ‘normal’, and the stress of daily living can get...

Olivia Hall: Mobility parking… a perk you really don’t want!

Yes, I know I am young and to you I look perfectly healthy sitting inside my car. I can see it in your eyes – you have already judged me before I’ve even attempted to move. I bet you didn't know that I get nervous butterflies every time I pull into that park. I...

Hotriggeredkiwi: All in a day’s work

Oh bother, it’s time; and, look, outside it’s dark and raining again. No, it’s hail too, wow, it must be cold, time for the Swanndri. Bah, it’s a struggle, what is it now? Oh of course, yesterday on the river with the whitebaiters in the rain, must’ve gotten wetter...

Hotriggeredkiwi: No one said it would be easy

This blog takes six hours to write up, on average. During the working week I spend a total of 56 hours at home, including sleep time. I struggle with reading and writing, always have, probably always will. What to say? Where to start? Letters, words, and sentences...

Alison Wilding: Exercises for thumb arthritis

Exercise for thumb arthritis An increasing body of evidence is out there for the benefits of strengthening exercises for thumb arthritis. Exactly which exercises? Still nothing specific from the literature! Go for pain-free We try and give pain-free exercises whenever...

Alison Wilding: OA of the thumb

Osteoarthritis of the thumb is one of the main arthritic problems that a hand therapist* can help with. The joint in question is the one at the very base of the thumb down near the wrist joint. You may hear the term ‘CMC’ joint being referred to, or the ‘basal joint...

Kylie Frost: Dinner won’t cook itself, but how do I open all of the product packaging?

It is 6 o'clock at night and I have finally finished work for the day. I head to the fridge to check what I can cook for dinner. In another life I was a chef and loved to cook. Now I dread it. Oh goody, mince again. Maybe lasagne? The thought fills me with dread. Not...

Hotriggeredkiwi: Never let the bastard (arthritis) win

The iciness quickly cut through to the bone as I walked to the beach. Then the pain transferred to the cutting of razor sharp edges of oyster shells and dull bites of stones on bones as they hit pressure points of my feet.

Val Bird: To loo or not to loo, that is the question!

I started gripping the toilet-roll-holder as a ‘push me up.’ However, while this helped me to get back on my feet, it still caused a nasty crunching pain in my knee. I was also concerned that one day the toilet roll holder would give way, causing both me and the toilet wall a significant problem.

Gezellig: How arthritis has made me stronger

what’s often overlooked with many chronic illnesses and disabilities is the way they can shape you in positive ways as a person. I think I would have grown up to relate to the world in a different way if I hadn’t had arthritis since childhood; not necessarily in a better way or a worse way, just differently. Some of the aspects of my character that I’m most proud of have, I think, been enhanced by the experiences I’ve had. Let me elaborate.

Sarah S: “Open here” a letter to pharmaceutical companies about medication packaging

Dear pharmaceutical companies,

I’m really reliant on you guys right now. These last few weeks I’ve realised just how reliant.

You see, I need your medications to lower my immune system’s response. Your creations keep me moving. They give me the ability to get up in the morning, care for my children, walk my youngest daughter to school, go to work, attend university, use a knife and fork, cook meals, and sometimes if I’m lucky, they give me the energy to catch up with my friends and have a good time.

Jane Wilson: Taking the next steps for arthritis our 2017 election manifesto

“Arthritis can affect anyone at any age.” “Gout is more common in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.” “There is a shortage of rheumatologists in New Zealand.” “I really wish the newer biologics were available in this country.” I’m sure you are familiar with...

Jane Messer: Should we all move to Arizona or Queensland?

Find what works for you. Keep some energy for enjoyable activities. Hang in there and don’t go it alone – reach out for support. Spring is just around the corner!

Erin: When the glass is half empty, not half full

I would encourage you not to be afraid or embarrassed to talk to your GP or rheumatologist if you’re struggling with insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, lack of appetite or feelings of exhaustion. Six months on an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication may make all the difference to you. It never hurts to ask.

Daniel Umaga: On becoming a beacon for those with Gout

A key task for me in my work at Arthritis New Zealand is promoting awareness and services about gout amongst Pacific communities. Gout is the second most common form of arthritis in New Zealand and more prevalent here per head of population than anywhere else in the world. More than 160,000 people were diagnosed with gout in 2014 and 22,000 of these were Pacific people.

Valma: Don’t throw out the lady with the bathwater

I learnt a lesson last year while taking this arthritic body on holiday. Here we were in scenic Queenstown on a coach tour when a last-minute change of hotels meant my request for a room with a walk-in shower was a ‘no go.’ All the rooms in this hotel had a shower...

Hotriggeredkiwi: Daydreaming in Aotearoa

As with anything else, the tougher and more distant the gain, the more satisfying the reward. Walking to location in the pre-dawn half-light, I’m sure that my forever trusty tripod has turned into the heaviest dark slithering wet beastie with a life of its own.

Research Projects Requiring Participants

Do you have osteoarthritis of your ankle or hand? If so, we want to hear from you.


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