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Auckland Marathon 2017

Join us for the Auckland Marathon

On Sunday 29 October Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch will be doing the Auckland Marathon. Come and join us!

Last year was a fantastic day and experience. We had over 90 runners and walkers take part from the kids marathon right through to the full.

We work to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by diabetes throughout Auckland, their families and the support network that surround them.

How to get involved

To run and fundraise:

If you want to sign up to the Auckland Marathon now – go for it!

Have a group ready to take on take on the marathon? Email us and we can see what group discounts are available to you through us.

If you can’t take part, you can always volunteer with us. 





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World Diabetes Day

14 November 2016


Monday, November 14 was World Diabetes Day, and was marked around the globe with the international theme Eyes on Diabetes.

Everyone who has diabetes is at risk of complications from the condition that can lead to blindness, amongst other serious issues.

“Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness – the International Diabetes Federation estimates one in three people with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy,” CEO of Diabetes New Zealand and Acting General Manager of Diabete NZ Auckland Branch Steve Crew says.

“With up to 260,000 people on the Virtual Diabetes Register, that would equate to nearly 90,000 people in New Zealand.

“Those with diabetes can reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy and other complications by leading a healthy lifestyle, and having regular check-ups, including eye health checks every two years.”

For the full media release from Diabetes NZ see their website.

For more information on the global Eyes on Diabetes campagin see the International Diabetes Federation website.

World Diabetes Day 2016 in Auckland

On Monday 14 November a group of staff from the Onehunga Office hit the road and visited loads of ‘EYE-CONIC’ sites to take photos for social media and spread awareness of Diabetes Day.



Media Release                  01 November 2016                                                                                        

Diabetes New Zealand today marks the beginning of Diabetes Action Month by launching a comprehensive online support and self-management toolkit, to help address the nation’s fastest-growing health crisis.

Twelve hundred people in New Zealandi, on average, will this month be told that they have diabetes – withmore than 120 of those in the Auckland DHB catchment alone.

More than 260,000 people in New Zealand – including over 27,000 in the Auckland DHB catchment area– have diabetesii; the prevalence has doubled in the past 10 years.

“There is a real need to help people with diabetes to live well,” Steve Crew, chief executive of Diabetes New Zealand, says.

“The reality of diabetes and the complications associated with it, can be consuming. It is not only a drain on our health system, it is incredibly life-changing and life-limiting for people living with diabetes – and that can lead to stress and anxiety and poor self-care.”

Diabetes New Zealand surveyed the nation in a Perceptive Research omnibus[iv] that revealed that less than half of those living with diabetes felt they are in control of their condition, and a third said it had a negative effect on their mental wellbeing.

“Living well is something people with diabetes battle to do on their own,” Crew says. “A third struggle with eating healthy meals, and almost 40 per cent struggle to be motivated and do physical activity. Diabetes New Zealand wants to change that.”

The Diabetes New Zealand Take Control Toolkit unveiled today will be a range of more than 60 online materials in downloadable print or video formats, that Diabetes New Zealand members anywhere in the country can access, offering them advice and information across three important categories – Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health & Wellbeing.

As the voice of those living with diabetes, the organisation wanted to gauge the public’s view on the proposition of taxation on sugar and fat in some foods.

The full release can be found here 

More information on Diabetes Action Month can be found on the Diabetes NZ website including events happening throughout New Zealand for Diabetes Action Month this year.




World Diabetes Day takes place on Monday, 14 November 2016

The theme for 2016 is Eyes on Diabetes with the main focus being;

1. Screening for type 2 diabetes is important to modify its course and reduce the risk of complications. 

2. Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing all types of diabetes.

More information on World Diabetes Day can be found here.





[i] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register

[ii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Living Well with Diabetes: A plan for people at high risk of or living with diabetes 2015-2020.

[iii] Source: Ministry of Health. 2015. Virtual Diabetes Register

[iv] Perceptive Research Omnibus September 2016.  1,004 respondents nationwide.

Note: Over 100,000 people in the wider Auckland region* have diabetes, with more than 460 people on average diagnosed each month.

*Includes three Auckland DHBs.

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diabetes uk dress diabolical

On Friday, 28th October #DressDiabolical for Halloween
and raise funds for Diabetes New Zealand! 

With your help, we can make diabetes less scary.

Dress Diabolical is the perfect excuse to wear your best Halloween outfit, and have fun at school, home or work.

The concept is adapted from a campaign by Diabetes UK and we are working in partnership with The Warehouse in NZ to get the ball rolling here!




Looking for ideas to get your Dress Diabolical fundraiser going?

Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for our


The Warehouse have made a commitment to put aside $1 for each wig* sold for Halloween this year – nationwide – to go to back to Diabetes NZ and be shared among the regional branches.

Customers will also be able to elect to make a donation to Diabetes NZ at the counter when shopping at The Warehouse stores this month.

All the money raised will go towards supporting all New Zealanders with diabetes, or at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to live full and active lives.

*selected range

Contact Jo Chapman at Diabetes Auckland Branch for more information



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Auckland University teams up with George Institute and Bupa to develop food app

Phone app shopping


The National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, in collaboration with The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa New Zealand, has developed FoodSwitch, an app designed to make shopping for a healthier lifestyle easier and more efficient.

The FoodSwitch app allows you to scan the barcodes of packaged foods at the supermarket or at home, using the camera on your phone. FoodSwitch then presents you with immediate, easy-to-understand information about that product’s nutritional make-up. Users can then see a simple breakdown of the salt, sugar and carbohydrate levels amongst others in the product.

The app was first developed in Australia, but is now available here in New Zealand, thanks in part to the work done by The National Institute for Health Innovation.

You can find out more by visiting the FoodSwitch website 

Volunteering in November

Auckland Marathon – 1st of November:

 We need volunteers to help support Team Diabetes, a group of individuals who are fundraising and walking/running on behalf of us at the Auckland Marathon on the 1st of November! Completing a quarter, half or full marathon is a great physical and mental challenge and we are looking forward to having a fantastic day celebrating our walkers and runners achievement.

Are you keen to help us run the post-race event on the day to celebrate their hard work and success? It will be an early start but a really fun day to be involved in, the more the merrier!


  • Assist us on the day at our tent site with a range of tasks, from helping with set up/pack down to being part of our cheer squad supporting Team Diabetes as they cross the finish line.
  • Be comfortable standing/moving around for 4.5 hours from 6am onwards – two shifts available, 6am – 10.30am and 9.30am – 2pm.
  • Flexible and happy to work closely with a big group of people
  • SMILE, be friendly and enthusiastic in celebrating our amazing Marathon walkers and runners success!
  • Stay committed and turn up on the day

To register your interest, please send the following information to

Your name, contact number, shift you are available for, if you will be bringing anyone along with you on the day and your address to send your t-shirt to or if you can pick it up from our office in Onehunga.

 Countdown Collection – 14th of November (World Diabetes Day)

 Help us at our annual collection at Countdown stores around Auckland on World Diabetes Day, Saturday the 14th of November. This year we are aiming to raise over $7,000 and we need your help! We are looking for both Area Supervisors that can be available throughout the whole day for us as well as Volunteers that are willing to just donate 2 hours of their time during the day.


  • Be comfortable standing for 2 hours – three shifts available, 10-12pm, 12-2pm and 2pm-4pm at Countdown stores around Auckland.
  • Confident with engaging with the public
  • SMILE, be friendly and enthusiastic to anyone that approaches you
  • Stay committed and turn up on the day as arranged with us

To register your interest, please email the following information to

Your name, contact number, shift and area you are interested in volunteering / or if you’re keen to be an Area Supervisor and if you will be bringing anyone along with you on the day.

Join Team Diabetes at the Auckland Marathon!

We are excited to be a participating charity for the Auckland Marathon.

We are very happy to announce that we already have 17 members of ‘Team Diabetes’ who are training and fundraising on behalf of us for the Auckland Marathon. These include working professionals who have a link to diabetes through their family members as well as Health professionals. Big thanks to those who are already involved and are making such an effort on behalf of us.

To date, we have raised over $4000, but still have a way to go until we reach our $40,000 goal. Many of our team members have been hosting events such as bake sales and clothing sales on our behalf to help with getting to their fundraising goals.

If you’re keen to join the team, you can either do so as a PYO (Pay your Own) runner or a Gold Runner. A pay your own runner pays their own entry fee and has no fundraising commitment, but is welcome to set up a page and fundraise if they’d like. A Gold Runner has a fundraising commitment of either $1500 or $2000 depending on the length they are running.

1. To sign up as a PYO runner, you just need to go to the Auckland Marathon website and enter and pay for your own entry as well as register your interest by selecting us on the ‘Charities’ page.

2. To apply to be a Gold runner and fundraiser, go to the following link. There are limited Gold runner places and we have filled about half of our places so far, so get in quick.

The benefits of walking or running for us are as follows:

As a PYO runner you will receive:
• A Free Dri-fit T-shirt if you are one of the first 100 runners that raise $100 for us
• Auckland Branch cheer squad on the day
• Pre and post-event function hosted by our branch
• Regular contact, encouragement and support from our team
As one of our very special 15 Golden Runners, we ask you to commit to raising a minimum of $1500 (quarter or half marathon) or $2,000 (full marathon) for our branch. We are over half way with filling our gold runner spots, so if you are keen get in quick.

As a Golden Runner you will receive:
• Free entry into your chosen event
• Invitation to the Exclusive Gold Runner event in August
• Access to Q & A online training resource
• A free Dri-fit exclusive ‘Gold runner’ T shirt
• Auckland Branch cheer squad on the day
• Pre-event and post-event function hosted by our branch
• Regular contact, encouragement and support from our tea

Looking forward to hearing from you soon and to supporting you along your journey to the Marathon.

Dinner at Euro for diabetes

We are excited to announce a Dinner at Euro Bar & Restaurant for diabetes on the 16th of June, with all proceeds raised supporting our branch. Hosted by Simon Gault and with Mark Sainsbury as the MC, this is an exclusive opportunity to try Euro’s revamped ‘diabetes friendly’ menu whilst helping to fund the continuation of our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service Van and our HOPE ( Healthy Options = Positive Eating) programme. Tickets have already started selling to this fun event, we hope to see you there!

For more details, check out the event page here.

Tickets have already started selling to this fun night out, we hope to see you there! To get yours now, go to the following link or call us on 09) 622 0551 –

If you are interested in getting a table of 10 and therefore paying $160 per person – please call us on 622 0551 for the payment to be processed over the phone.



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