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Monthly Archives: May 2016


Ted Talk


Healthy Food Guide’s Niki Bezzant on healthy eating made simple

The excellent series of Ted Talks covers a range of issues, from politics to technology and now healthy eating. Watch Niki Bezzant outline how healthy eating can be made simple and the six things we need to know about how we think of our food.



Food Revolution Day


Friday, May 20th 2016

Food Revolution Day is a global initiative led by UK chef, Jamie Oliver, which has run for the last 5 years and spans over 100 countries. Diabetes NZ member and Paediatric Dietitian Lea Stening from Christchurch has joined the Food Revolution 2016 campaign.


An ongoing, global campaign to provoke debate and inspire positive, meaningful change in the way our children access, consume and understand food.


We’re in the middle of a global health crisis. Right now an astounding 41 million children under five are overweight, while another 159 million are too undernourished to grow properly. We’re failing both our children and future generations by not empowering them with the right food and skills they need to grow healthily and happily.


Meaningful change is built from the ground up. The Food Revolution aims to educate and inspire people and communities to make better food choices and lobby governments and businesses to make positive, lasting change.


The Food Revolution is a global, year-round campaign. Every May, Food Revolution Day takes place to celebrate success, raise awareness and invite more people, businesses and governments to join the ongoing Revolution.

Lea says “We know New Zealand has a huge problem with obesity, diabetes and child ill health. However, we are a nation priviledged to grow good food, we have freedom and access to good health and education services. We can make a difference to the health of our nation if we just take the time to teach our children how to grow, cook and eat healthy real food.”

For more information, head over to


Saturday, May 21st – Royal Oak and New Lynn Z Stations

This Saturday (May 21st) will be Community Concierge Day for Good in the Hood at Z stations across Auckland. Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch is part of the month-long campaign, with any proceeds made going towards Diabetes Youth Auckland.

We’re participating at nine stations across the area and so far we’ve been overwhelmed with the level of support from the Auckland public and their generosity in choosing to support our work. Your support will make the world of difference to the 1,000 young people living with diabetes across the region.

On Saturday we’ll be at two stations to raise awareness of our involvement in Good in the Hood and the work that we do. Our team of staff and volunteers will be at Royal Oak and New Lynn Z stations, so if you plan on filling up the tank this weekend and happen to be in the area, feel free to stop by for a chat and maybe even kindly donate your Good in the Hood token to Diabetes Youth Auckland!

To learn more about Good in the Hood, click here.

You can also view our Good in the Hood video here.


Ali & Ruth



Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our long time and beloved volunteer, Ali Riasat. Ali, who had been living with type 2 diabetes, had been volunteering in the Auckland diabetes community for over twenty years having moved to New Zealand from Fiji in October 1995.

He has been a keen volunteer his whole life, beginning at just 9 years old when at school and his passion and determination for volunteering made him an invaluable asset to everyone here at Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch. Ali’s commitment to living a full and enjoyable life after his diagnosis of diabetes in 1985 was the driving force behind his involvement in our work for so many years and we can’t thank him enough.

Ali will be sorely missed by everyone here and the countless people whose lives’ he touched. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ali’s family and friends at this time.


Consumer Workshop — Electronic health record

Wednesday, 25 May

Parnell Trust Jubilee Hall, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland.

10:00 am – 2.00 pm

Auckland, Counties Manukau, Northland, Waitematā District Health Boards, Mercy Ascot and Primary Care providers are investigating the possibility of introducing an electronic health record (EHR) to replace many of their current systems. The aim of this is to create a healthier population across the northern region by improving the way healthcare providers share information in a way which is centred around the patient.

At the moment, the project team is identifying what the benefit might be to the communities, the types of information the system might include and how it might work.

They need consumers with a  range of health experiences  to tell them how current processes might be improved— like making an appointment or updating your own health details or helping family members manage their health care.

The day will comprise one focused workshop.  This will include watching short demonstration videos followed by facilitated group discussions. Video content is not captioned. A New Zealand Sign Language interpreter will be provided on request.

They offer a koha for your participation and morning tea and a late lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 18 Mayas there are limited spaces available.

With your response please indicate whether your experience has mainly been with inpatient (hospital) or outpatient (GP) care or whether you manage health care for a family member. 

Also indicate if you have any dietary or access requirements that would affect participation.

To RSVP your attendance at the forum contact:

Counties Manukau Health

Renee Greaves

021 661 407


Auckland DHB

Sarah Devine

021 492 326


Waitematā DHB

Carol Hayward

09 486 8920 ext: 2643


Northland DHB

Margareth Broodkoorn



Temple Ministries team


Raising awareness of diabetes, from Auckland to Rotorua

Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch were delighted to support Temple Ministries for their Auckland to Rotorua run last week. Three members of the Temple Ministries team, Andrew Fifita-lamb, Lara Cambourn and Sione Taunga, set off from Pokeno last Wednesday April 27th, arriving in Rotorua two days later on Friday the 29th – 180km away!

Not only that, but Andrew, Lara and Sione were joined by over 100 more participants for the following day’s Rotorua Marathon – a fantastic effort by everyone, all while raising awareness of diabetes.

We were delighted to join the guys in Pokeno to see them off and track their epic journey to Rotorua. We wish to send our warmest congratulations to the Temple Ministries team for completing an amazing task and raising awareness for a very worthy cause. Thanks guys!

Skip to 1:10 on the clip below to see more.

You can visit the Temple Ministries Facebook page by clicking here





Good in the Hood logo




Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch were proud to be part of Z Energy’s Good in the Hood campaign this year and thank you for your support in helping us raise money for Diabetes Youth Auckland (DYA) during the month of May.

Over the next week or two, we’ll be announcing just how much you’ve helped us to raise during Good in the Hood last month.

This year, we were at at nine Z stations across Auckland (see the full list below) and we’ve been overwhelmed by the great support from everyone, including the staff members at Z Energy. There are nearly 1,000 children living with diabetes in Auckland today and DYA provide valuable support to them and their families. We have regular events throughout the year where kids can come together and enjoy making new friends with other children in a similar situation. This includes the very popular Summer Camp that took place this year in January.

During the Good in the Hood campaign throughout May, we were taking part at 9 stations throughout Auckland:

– Glen Innes
– Highbrook
– New Lynn
– Quay Street
– Royal Oak
– Constellation Drive
– Ti Rakau Drive
– Harbour Highway
– Lakeside

Learn more about Good in the Hood by visiting the Z Energy website.

You can visit the Diabetes Youth Auckland website by clicking here.


Thanks so much from everyone at Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch!


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