Services We Provide

MOBILE diabetes awareness van

Pre-diabetes and diabetes are at epidemic proportions in New Zealand with the Auckland region over represented in certain populations. This programme works with communities who have the highest rates of pre-diabetes and diabetes in Auckland.

Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch has designed a mobile service that goes to where these communities work, gather, play, pray and eat. The use of health navigators from the local culture is also vital to the success.

Those who been identified as either at risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes through testing in the community setting, will be visited by the navigators in either their home, community or work place to ensure the engagement with primary care services occurs.

To book our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Van, please email

Attached is the schedule of our mobile van ( TBC)

HOPE courses

Healthy Options = positive eating

HOPE empowers existing communities e.g. churches, maraes, sports groups and community centres by training key community people to deliver the HOPE programme, working together as a group in moving toward a healthy, active lifestyle.

The aim of HOPE is to foster healthier lifestyles amongst ‘at-risk’ communities, leading to a reduction in the incidence of diabetes and diabetes complications.

This occurs through the following:

  • An annual HOPE Train the Trainer to produce Cultural Champions equipped to deliver HOPE programmes tailored to the needs of their ‘at risk’ communities
  • Empowerment of communities ‘at risk’ by providing them with HOPE training, culturally appropriate resources, tools and skills required to make long term lifestyle changes that lead to healthier lifestyles for the whole family/ whānau
  • Cultural champions engaging with at least a minimum of 30 to 50 families across 5 different communities annually for ages 13 to 90 years


HOPE is a Family / Whānau centred Health Promotion programme delivered in community settings over four sessions. Each session includes three key components:

  • Presentation of key information
  • Physical activity
  • A cooking demonstration followed by practical cooking experience for the family groups


The four HOPE sessions cover:

  • Who we are and cultural traditions
  • The cultural value of food and generational patterns
  • Practical fun activities for families
  • The family plan – a plan of action

Level 1: Train the Trainer for Cultural Champions

Level 2: Cultural Champions delivering HOPE in their community with DNZAB supervision

Level 3: Cultural Champions delivering their own HOPE with minimal support from DNZAB

If you are interested in participating in our HOPE Program, please email

Courses for people with diabetes

Living Life Well with Diabetes Longterm

This is for those who have had type 2 diabetes for longer than 3 years and need a one day update and review. These presentations will be done to 20+ participants in one day using adult learning techniques facilitated by DNZAB’s Diabetes Nurse Liaison and Dietitian.

Participants will be updated on:

  • The progressive nature of diabetes
  • Self-management skills and HbA1c levels
  • Healthy eating, weight management, healthy exercising and programmes in the community
  • Driving, travel and sick days
  • Medications, their functions and how to use them safely
  • Signs, Treatment and avoidance of low blood glucose levels (“hypos”)


Living Life Well Road Show

This is for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes wanting to know more about diabetes and self management.

Sessions have presentations from the Diabetes Nurse Liaison, Dietitian and a Diabetes Medical Specialist.

Provide four ‘Living Life Well with Diabetes Roadshow’ to the wider Auckland reason raising awareness of the diabetes epidemic, engaging people with Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch’s (DNZAB) services and promoting wellness. This will support:

  • Self-management
  • An increase in knowledge and awareness of ‘Living Life Well with Diabetes’
  • Prevention of long term complications
  • Increase attendance numbers for diabetes workshops i.e.
  • Living Well with Diabetes
  • Enjoying Healthy Food (Food Literacy)
  • Promotion of local Support Groups
  • Increase Diabetes NZ membership


Participants will be given strategies that:

  • Support an increase in healthy eating and physical activity through work place policies, healthy food options available and resources that support exercise including marketing material, walking groups and a work place champion
  • Motivate change in individual employees’ behaviour by increasing knowledge about healthy eating and physical activity
  • Educate the employees on the diabetes epidemic, diabetes management and support services offered by DNZAB


Living Life Well with Healthy Food

These courses are for those with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes who want to understand healthy food. The presentation is a single, three hour group education programme delivered by an experienced Diabetes Dietitian, utilising a variety of adult learning activities. Six of these occur annually across the Auckland region.

Participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the nutritional recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes
  • S framework for personalised meal planning based on “cardio-protective diet” targets
  • Practical label reading skills in a supportive setting

To see when our upcoming courses are on, please refer to our calendar – (another page under services we provide)

To register, please email

We also have a programme for workplaces


Living Life Well at Work

These courses are for work places in the Auckland region who have employees at risk of diabetes or have diabetes. Prevention programmes include development of work place policies, attendance at health expos, education sessions and seminars. Sessions can be full days or just a few hours – they are tailored to the work place requirements.

The Living Life Well at Work tool kit is to be used in the work place to identify ideas and develop plans that promote healthy eating and increased physical activity among employees. The kit contains information and tools on the following topics:

  • Key elements of a successful work place health promotion initiative
  • Strategies that support healthy eating and increased physical activity
  • Resources to support the implementation of health promotion strategies

Diabetes Youth Auckland sposorship

Diabetes Youth Auckland (DYA) provides vital support and services aimed at families and the 900 + young people living with diabetes aged up to 25 years, most of whom have type 1 diabetes.

We’re part of Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch but run by a separate volunteer committee dedicated to youth services.

No other chronic condition is as oppressive as type 1 diabetes. In one year a young teenager will have typically faced more than 1,000 injections and performed over 2,000 blood glucose finger prick tests. While other chronic conditions in young people may be more visible, more disabling, have greater daily symptoms and be more life-threatening, type 1 diabetes is relentless and so often misunderstood by non -sufferers.

DYA designs programmes that support the social, psychological, physical and educational needs of young people and their families that can be life changing in their attitude to living positively with diabetes.

These include:

Camps; for children, teenagers and families

Events; examples include Action World, Rangitoto Island walk, sleepover at Kelly Tarlton’s, Rainbow’s End by Night, Butterfly Creek

Support; parent social support evenings, starter packs, peer support

Education/information; DYA Press magazine, DYA website, education evenings in conjunction with Starship Children’s Health Diabetes Service.

For more information about DYA – head to their homepage

Support Groups

The Diabetes NZ Auckland network of support groups spreads across the Auckland region. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call the coordinator below. If you would like to start your own support group or require further information on any of the groups below, please contact us on 0508 DIABETES.

Attendance donation
Members of Diabetes NZ Auckland – $2.00
Non-members – $5.00


Wellsford/ Mangawhai
3rd Friday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Anglican Church, Port Albert Road, Wellsford
Coordinator – Colleen 09 431 4238

Hibiscus Coast
4th Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Orewa Community Church, Amorino Drive, Red Beach
Coordinator – Keith 09 428 0088


North Shore

North Shore
1st Tuesday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Takapuna War Memorial Hall, The Strand
Coordinator – Sue 09 449 02221

North Shore Evening
1st Thursday in month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Auckland Christian Assembly, 26 Albany Highway, Glenfield
Coordinator – Sue 09 449 02221



Avondale/ New Lynn
1st Monday in month, 9.45am – 12.00noon
Avondale Community Centre, 99 Rosebank Road, Avondale
Coordinator – Gail 09 827 8315

Blockhouse Bay
2nd Monday in month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Blockhouse Bay community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay
Coordinator – Priscilla 09 626 2711

Three Kings
2nd Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Fickling Centre, Mt Albert Road, Three Kings
Coordinator – Maureen 09 627 8521

2nd Wednesday in month, 10.30am – 12:30noon
Diabetes NZ Auckland, 62-64 Valley Road, Mt Eden
Coordinator – Priscilla 09 626 2711



Auckland West
2nd Wednesday in month, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Community House, 580 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu
Coordinator – Mary 09 834 4554

1st Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
Alison McKenzie House
Cnr Commercial Road and Porter Cres, Helensville
Coordinator – Shirley 09 420 6501

 Helensville, Evening
1st Wednesday in month, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Contact coordinator for details
Coordinator – Shirley 09 420 6501



Botany Evening
4th Wednesday in month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Botany Salvation Army Community Centre, Ti Rakau Drive, Botany
Coordinator – Deralyn 09 537 6692

Manurewa Day
3rd Thursday in month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Cosmopolitan Club, 6 Alfriston Road, Manurewa
Coordinator – Anne 09 267 3540

Manukau Evening
1st Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Papatoetoe Cosmopolitan Club, 53 Rangitoto Road
Coordinator – Anne 09 267 3540

Papakura Day
2nd Tuesday in month, 1.00pm – 2.45pm
Masonic hall, Cnr Duke and Wood Streets, Papakura
Coordinator – Graeme 09 298 6855

Papakura evening
3rd Tuesday in month, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Papakura Seventh day Adventist Church Hall
12 Alpha Street, Papakura
Coordinator – Samuel Moseti 09 2715400

4th Thursday in month, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Methodist Hall, Cnr Queen and Wesley Streets, Pukekohe
Coordinator – Jan 09 239 2049


Other Diabetes Support Groups in the Greater Auckland area

Asian Support Group
Coordinator Grace (Korean), Sy (Chinese) 09 486 8314

Diabetes Youth NZ
Shona 09 622 0551

Otara Diabetes Projects Trust
09 273 9605

Nga Tapuwai Centre, Diabetes Project Trust
09 273 9650

This list is to be used for support group membership enquiries only. All marketing and commercial enquiries must be directed to Diabetes NZ – Auckland.