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  • About Us

    The Diabetes NZ – Auckland Branch team is dedicated to raising awareness of diabetes to support wellness / hauora for all Aucklanders through:

    • Community health promotion, education and awareness
    • Prevention services through the Hope programme and free diabetes testing in the community through the Mobile Diabetes Awareness service
    • Support to those living with diabetes through Support groups
    • Ability to purchase Diabetes supplies online.

    For over 60 years, Diabetes NZ – Auckland Branch has worked tirelessly in Auckland to improve those at risk of, or with diabetes. In October 2012, Diabetes Auckland Inc became a branch of  Diabetes New Zealand.  Diabetes Auckland Branch continues to reflect Diabetes New Zealand’s strategic direction while incorporating the unique cultural diversity of our Auckland region.


    Diabetes Youth Auckland  (also a part of Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch) provides vital support and services to children, teenagers, young adults (0-25) and their families living with diabetes across the Auckland region. There is no government funding for this organisation.

    DYA work closely with the Starship Diabetes team, local DHBs and the wider community to provide essential and important programs. Services include events such as camps throughout the year, education evenings, regular email updates and newly diagnosed kits.


    Committee Members:

    Andy Archer

    Andy Archer


    Andy is a life member of both Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch and Diabetes New Zealand Incorporated having served these organisations for many years as a board member and chairperson.  He is a certified member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, CAANZ, and the International Fiscal Association.  Formerly a partner at Ernst & Young, Andy is currently principal and director of ACUMEN Limited, and trustee and director of Zero Profit Initiative.  He is also a trustee of the New Zealand National Parks & Conservation Foundation and chair’s the branch’s investment funds.


    Rod Slater

    Deputy Chairperson

    Rod was a driving force behind the original Mad Butcher stores.  He has been CEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand for almost 25 years, leading the organisation through a time of considerable change.  He was manager of the NZ Olympic Sailing team at the 1996 Olympics and Chair of the Yes Disability Achievement Centre. Rod has served on the board of Diabetes New Zealand since 2016. Rod has successfully managed his diabetes for many years and is passionate about helping others with the illness to live healthy active lives.


    John Denton

    John has been involved in Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch as a Councillor, Chairperson, and General Manager and has served as the national president of Diabetes New Zealand. A Chartered Accountant and trained mediator, he has been a Managing Director, Governor and Consultant to various businesses and not-for-profits. John chaired a Government committee into improved diabetes control. He has had type 1 diabetes for more than half a century and has consistently lobbied to improve diabetes self-management in order to reduce the burden of the condition’s severe medical complications.

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    Rae Ah Chee

    In partnership with his brother, Rae ran a successful Auckland catering business for 40 years. His community experience includes being a Rotarian and serving as President of the Rotary Club of Auckland East. He was a member of the Kohia Terrace School PTA and chaired this committee twice. Rae has had diabetes and been insulin dependent for over 18 years. He has served on the Diabetes Auckland Branch committee for 12 years, 3 of which as Chairperson. Rae has also been a member of the Diabetes New Zealand board.


    Simon Watts

    Simon is a Chief Financial Officer with over 15 years’ experience working in large scale complex organisations across both the public and private sectors primarily in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland. He has industry expertise in senior healthcare management, investment banking and professional services. He is currently Deputy CFO at Waitemata District Health Board. Diagnosed with diabetes when 21 months of age, he has a special interest in reducing health system equity gaps.



    Sheena Duffy Vakatale

    Branch Manager

    Sheena has over 20 years’ experience in senior positions within the international non-government sector and automotive industry in NZ.  Previous roles include ten years as Marketing and Fundraising Director at Tearfund and five years as Marketing Director at Holden NZ.  Sheena is a Trustee of the Tab Trust as well as of a local heritage trust.  Sheena has a Masters of Professional Business Studies and a BComm(Hons).  She is a member of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and was a fellow member of Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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    Bruce Eaddy

    Finance Manager

    Bruce is a Chartered Accountant and member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. He brings to Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch a wealth of practical financial and commercial knowledge accumulated over more than thirty years in industry and professional services, many of these as Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Bruce is enthusiastic to ensure that the Auckland Branch exercises financial integrity.   Under his tenure the financials have become a key part in improving operations to be developed with sustainability in mind for staff, funders and the people we serve.

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    Susan Moala’eua

    Health Navigator
    Mobile Van Co-ordinator

    Susan Moala’eua has done previous work in the community for Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch and has now joined as a health navigator for the Pacific Island community. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences and is experienced in health promotion and community development.

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    Iliana Fusitua

    Health Promoter
    HOPE Co-ordinator

    Iliana started working for Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch in April 2013 as a Health Promoter. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Post-grad Diploma in Public Health. Her background is in Health Promotion and Health Research. Iliana is coordinating and co-facilitating our HOPE programmes in the ‘at risk’ communities and helping to raise diabetes awareness through community talks and events.

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    Sandy Yee

    Mobile Nurse

    This is Sandy’s first role in a NPO (NGO) as a Registered Nurse after many years working in he public and private health sectors both here in NZ and overseas.  She joined us in October 2014 as our part-time Mobile Van Nurse and also facilitates support groups.  Sandy values this as an opportunity to work for a not-for-profit organisation. This role meets her objective in continuing in a primary healthcare position and making a difference for people living with diabetes and those at high risk (their whanau/carers/support persons) to maintain an independent lifestyle in a community setting.

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    Natalie Hanna

    Youth Services Coordinator

    Natalie has a passion for working with youth and for improving the lives of young people and their families in Auckland who are living with diabetes. Natalie has a personal understanding of the day to day challenges of living with diabetes as her oldest daughter has Type 1 diabetes. Natalie trained as a pharmacist and holds both a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) as well as a Bachelor of Human Biology, both from Auckland University. Natalie has worked in education and has a strong history of volunteering, having coached primary school netball teams for many years as well as having been involved in Playcentre when her children were little. Natalie’s role at Diabetes Auckland is to provide support and education for youth and their families, through the provision of camps, activities and education events.


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