Our Values and Priorities

Putting People First


We demonstrate our commitment to being people centred by:


  • Acknowledging the personal and social impact of arthritis.
  • Recognising and celebrating success and achievement.
  • Being responsive to all stakeholders.
  • Developing our paid and volunteer staff.
  • Providing a welcoming workplace.



We demonstrate integrity by:



  • Following through commitments in a timely way.
  • Being accountable for all our actions.
  • Being ethical, trustworthy and honest in all our actions.
  • Providing clear and consistent information.
  • Assessing our relationships by reference to our values.



We strive to achieve excellence by:



  • Providing evidence based services and information.
  • Striving for continuous improvement in all our activities.
  • Seeking innovative solutions.
  • Adapting to changing circumstances.



We show respect by:


  • Upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Acknowledging all people in an appropriate way.
  • Encouraging open and honest communication.
  • Recognising people’s rights to privacy.
  • Recognising the diversity of contributions from our stakeholders.

Our Priorities

Through the calls we receive to Arthritis Educators and collecting information from members and the people with arthritis who contact us, Arthritis New Zealand works to give a voice to people with arthritis and promote the issues raised at a national level.


Priority issues in 2017 to 2018 for us are:

  1. Recognition and resourcing of arthritis as a health issue for government.
  2. Improving access to rheumatology services.
  3. Improving access to new medications.
  4. Early identification and treatment of gout especially for Māori and Pacific people. 
  5. Accessible packaging and advocating for packaging and products to be designed with ease of use for people with arthritis and the elderly in mind.
  6. Reform of the ACC process
  7. Employment Issues

In order to raise awareness of these priorities, we are establishing a network of people around New Zealand who are interested in working with us to help this voice become loud and strong.

This can include those diagnosed with arthritis, family and friends or health professionals who would like to advocate for better provision for people with arthritis.

This can involve raising issues with your local MP, attending events, providing consumer feedback or speaking to the media about your story of arthritis.

If you would like to become part of our work to give a voice to people with arthritis and help we would love to hear from you. Please fill out our advocate registration form and we will be in touch.

Read the Arthritis 2017 Election Manifesto