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  • About Us

    For over 50 years Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch has been providing support to those living with diabetes, promoting wellness and preventing diabetes where possible. The Auckland Branch team is dedicated in its mission to raise awareness of diabetes to support wellness / hauora for all Aucklanders.

    The Auckland Branch team provides community health promotion, education and awareness through mobile diabetes awareness services, membership services, support groups and diabetes supplies. The Auckland Branch also act as an advocate and speak to employers, health professionals, local and national government on behalf of people with diabetes or people at risk of diabetes.

    In October 2012, Diabetes Auckland Inc became a branch of  Diabetes New Zealand. In order to support our own region, the Auckland Branch has developed a model that reflects Diabetes New Zealand’s strategic direction while incorporating the unique cultural diversity of our Auckland region.

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    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.

    Their committee is made up of volunteers of Type 1′s and parents who are dedicated to meeting the needs of youth and their families living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who are passionate and committed to easing the burden and stress of diabetes management and providing meaningful support to over 800 families.

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    OUR VISION

    Committee Members:

    Andy Archer

    Andy Archer

    Chairperson

    Andy is an active member of the NZ branch of the International Fiscal Association and NZICA, and past executive of the Australia-New Zealand Business Council. Andy assists in the not-for-profit sector, and has served nationally with Diabetes New Zealand.

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    Rod Slater

    Deputy Chairperson

    Rod Slater has been Chief Executive Officer at Beef + Lamb New Zealand for 20 years.

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    John Denton

    John is retired and takes an active interest in Not-for-Profits, including diabetes, having had Type 1 for 50 years himself. In past lives, he has served as Diabetes New Zealand President and General Manager of Diabetes Auckland.

    Matt Roberts

    Matt Roberts

    Matt is the Group General Manager of Systems Advisory Services (SASIT) that is based in Auckland with a presence in Australia, Asia and Indonesia.  He is a director on the YMCA Auckland and YMCA National boards, a trustee of the John Nesfield Trust and a mentor at the Massey University incubator which provides an innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

    Matt has had type 1 diabetes for 32 years and plays regular sport to maintain his fitness

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    Craig Sumpton

    Craig is self-employed and runs his own business; he has been involved with several not for profit organisations over the years, but his passion is the type 1 diabetes Auckland community.
    Craig and his wife Jaki have a 19 year old daughter who has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 7 years old.

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    Staff:

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    Sheena Duffy Vakatale

    Branch Manager

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    Bruce Eaddy

    Finance Manager

    Bruce started as Finance Manager in August of 2015 and is responsible for all financial operations within Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and brings many years of financial experience from industry and professional services.

    “The most notable difference is the numbers now reflect a passion to improve people’s lives.”  

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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.

    “It is a blessing to work for Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch. I am passionate about helping ‘at risk’ individuals make healthy lifestyle changes, due to my own personal experiences. Type 2 diabetes is in my family and accepted as a ‘cultural-norm’. Prior to my current role, the team at Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch  provided essential resources and support to help change what my family and I understood to be normal. By sharing my stories alongside information and resources with community members, I am able to help encourage individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices”.

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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.

    “Working here has made me realise the need to provide more resources and education for our ‘at risk’ communities. People in the ‘at risk’ communities have lack of understanding of what causes diabetes. I’m passionate about working to improve the health of Pacific people and the ‘at risk’ communities through increasing their knowledge and understanding on healthy lifestyle and type 2 diabetes.”

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    Caitlyn Oldehaver

    Member Support Co-ordinator

    Caitlyn joined Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch in October 2015. She started as Office Assistant and is now Member Support Coordinator; Caitlyn supports our Youth Manager as well as the wider team in their roles. Managing volunteers throughout the year as well as our support groups across Auckland is also in Caitlyn’s role. Caitlyn is able to combine her administrative skills with her personal experience of being a mother of a child with type 1.

    “It is great to be able to work in an organisation where I am able to use my personal experience and knowledge to give back to a community that is very close to my heart. Being diagnosed with diabetes is life changing and being able to share what I have gone through as a mother to instil hope, confidence and reassurance to others in similar situations is priceless.”

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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 the 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 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.

    “I have learnt heaps through my contact with Auckland’s melting pot of multi-cultural societies.  I really favour the diversity of my work in partnership with our Pacific/South Asian Health Navigators/Educators as we travel to supermarkets, school, special community events and, to a lesser degree, government departments”.

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