When the doctor first tells you that you have arthritis, the reaction is often one of surprise – after all, you’re not that old. However, more than half a million New Zealanders will be affected by arthritis at some point in their lifetime. It’s not an inevitable part of growing older. In fact, there are over 1,000 children and young people under the age of twenty years affected by arthritis in New Zealand at any one time.

General Information

At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of brochures on all the main types of arthritis from rheumatoid arthritis to ankylosing spondylitis. You can download them below (Acrobat pdf files). These are free of charge.

Exercise Resources

Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving

Arthritis New Zealand and Physiotherapy New Zealand have combined their expertise to produce a new exercise guide entitled Arthritis - Exercises to Keep You Moving. The new guide provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for exercises that will greatly benefit people with arthritis or a rheumatology condition which is affecting their joints or muscles.

At Arthritis New Zealand we have a number of exercise resources available for purchase, including videos, CDs, DVDs, and books. Gentle exercise is vital to managing your arthritis successfully. These resources have been specifically designed for people with arthritis, and are a great way to stay fit and retain mobility.

Let’s Mobilise

Let’s Mobilise is an audio exercise programme that provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.  Exercises are split into two sections, the first providing a series of exercise that are a bit more vigorous and are designed to be dome while standing or sitting.  The second series is designed to be more gentle, are designed to be done while laying down, and can be done when your joints are painful or if you are having a flare.

Keep Moving

Keep Moving is a DVD programme of exercises specifically designed for people with arthritis and help to maintain joint flexibility.  Edited and approved by the Rheumatology Unit at Hutt Hospital in Wellington, it provides easy-to-follow exercises and runs for approximately 27 minutes.

Home Based Exercise Programme

Home Based Exercise Programme is a DVD exercise programme to improve strength, flexibility, balance and keep you mobile.  The DVD allows you to conduct the entire programme or select specific areas (Warm up, shoulders, legs, neck, and hands and wrists). Instructions are provided in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Hindi. Members of Arthritis New Zealand receive a 50% discount on the price of all exercise resources. What are you waiting for? Please call (04) 472 1427 to make your order. You can also download and print the Arthritis New Zealand Exercise Resources Order Form by clicking here. Please mail to us at Reception at:

Exercise Resources
Arthritis New Zealand
PO Box 10-020
The Terrace Wellington, 6143

Order resources in bulk

Complete these forms and then scan and email to info@arthritis.org.nz or mail them to Arthritis NZ PO Box 10-020 The Terrace Wellington 6143

Fast Facts: Arthritis in New Zealand

  • Arthritis is a serious health condition with no known cure
  • Arthritis is the single greatest cause of disability in New Zealand
  • More than half a million people are affected by arthritis during their lifetime
  • 25,440 New Zealanders will not be able to work this year due to their arthritis
  • Children get arthritis too
  • Women get arthritis more than men
  • There are more than 100 different types of arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis
  • Sports and other injuries can lead to arthritis
  • You can do a lot for yourself to make coping with arthritis easier

No. of New Zealanders not able to work this year due to arthritis

No. of New Zealanders who will have arthritis in their lifetime