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    Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    If you tuned in to watch, you would have listened to Cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

    After Sheku played a mesmerising piece for the Royal Wedding, the internet erupted wanting to know about him and who he is. He won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He also has type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at 12. He is the first African American to win this competition. He recently was also awarded Male Artist of the Year at the Classic Brit Awards.

    It’s great to be able to share Sheku’s story with the diabetes community and reiterate that you can still achieve your dreams even when you are diagnosed with a life long condition. A great role model for anyone especially children living with diabetes.

    From the DigiBete video: “Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the cello and won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12.” Through the video he goes through how he manages his music as well as his diabetes.

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    Diabetes NZ Sugar Tax Submission


    Diabetes New Zealand is at the forefront of New Zealand’s greatest health issue, diabetes. The incidence of diabetes in New Zealanders is at epidemic proportions and rising. Diabetes is a chronic illness with significant morbidity and mortality burdens.

    Obesity is a primary factor leading to Type 2 diabetes. The 2017 OECD Obesity Index analysis that New Zealand has the third most obese population out of 35 member countries is both shameful and unacceptable. This is an indictment on our country and the poor health of our people. The OECD report represents an emphatic call to action. The Rt Hon Helen Clark has described the OECD’s finding as “shocking” and has vigorously implored that “whoever’s in government needs to implement strong policy to stop this epidemic now”.

    For decades, Diabetes New Zealand through its hard-working staff and volunteers has fought the war on diabetes across the whole country, deploying enormous resources to support and help countless thousands of people deal with their health problems and improve their lives. Raising awareness and prevention consumes a large part of the organisation’s resources. From all this involvement, effort and informed experience at New Zealand’s diabetes coal face, Diabetes New Zealand is ideally placed with this submission.

    The bottom line is that despite many governmental programmes to address the problem, the incidence of diabetes in New Zealand is increasing, as is the rate of obesity. Something much more is needed to stem this fatal tide. Diabetes New Zealand earnestly believes that this ‘something’ is a Sugar Tax.

    This submission carefully analyses the evidence and arguments surrounding the case for a Sugar Tax. We recommend this submission by Diabetes New Zealand to you, and its conclusion that a Sugar Tax will create a bow wave to behaviour change beyond any other governmental measure thus far.

    As Patrons of Diabetes New Zealand, we appeal to you to follow the example of other nations in deploying the levers of taxation to intervene in this runaway health epidemic.

    You have a unique opportunity to play a critical role in the health, well-being and longer lives of hundreds of thousands of current and future generation New Zealanders.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Sir Eion Edgar and Lady Beattie

    Read the full submission here

    What’s Your diabetes Why?

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    For the month of June we will be delving little deeper into why people were getting tested through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service – What’s your diabetes Why?

    Getting people to share their stories with us and how they are taking control of their health.

    Over the month of June, keep an eye out for stories shared from our diabetes community.

    If you would like to share your story, head along and talk to Susan and Sandy through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service or contact us.

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    Online Shop for February and March

    Due to circumstances outside of our control, online orders will be sent 2 to 3 times a week for February and March 2018.

    Queries and orders over the phone will also be limited.

    This will go back to normal after this time.

    We apologise for any inconvenience.

    If you are after an insulin pen please contact your local pharmacy or one of the below numbers.

    All insulin pens are free of charge.


    Diabetes Action Month – it’s been a big one!

    Diabetes Action Month NZ

    November was our month – it was our turn to tell the world about diabetes, raise awareness about the difference between type 1 and type 2 and encourage people to take action if they’re at risk.

    Why action month?

    The Ministry of Health has declared that diabetes is “the largest and fastest growing health issue we face in New Zealand”.  With 100,000 Kiwis walking around undiagnosed and the disease rising by an average of 7% every year, we need to take action.

    Here are the stats:

    • Every day 12 people in Auckland are diagnosed with diabetes
    • One in four Aucklanders are pre-diabetic
    • Diabetes three times more prevalent in Maori & Pacific populations
    • Nearly a quarter of a million Kiwis live with diabetes, 100,000 in Auckland


    Diabetes Awareness Auckland

    Action month is over, how can I continue taking action?

    We love your passion – here’s what you can do:

    1.  Encourage your friends and family to take the risk assessment quiz to find out if they’re likely to be at risk of type 2
    2. Get connected – find us on Facebook and share our posts with your friends.
    3. Educate your community –   if you would like our mobile awareness service or a health promoter to visit your community email
    4. Raise funds! Last year we screened 1,570 people for diabetes and helped another 413 people to reduce their risk through our healthy choices program. We couldn’t do it without your support! 

    Get your friends and family together, run a marathon or host a morning tea at your workplace, whatever you choose to do – it will make a big difference! For fundraising support email


    Holiday Office Hours

    Our Onehunga office is closed from 22 December 2017 and re-opens 8 January 2018

    We wish all our members and community a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year

    Online orders placed after 21 December 2017 will be sent on once we open, 8  January 2018

    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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    Join Team Diabetes!


    Email  for more information!

    Special Supporter discount
    for the first 100 people who sign up before December 31st 2016. 

    Sign up for Round the Bays 2017 and join Team Diabetes here

    If you would like to volunteer please check out our volunteer page

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    OFFICE HOURS 2016 – 2017


    Our Onehunga office is closed from 21 December 2016 and re-open 9 January 2017 with all staff back 16 January 2017

    We wish all our members and community a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year

    Please note: online orders placed after 20 December 2016 will be sent on 9 January 2017 



    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.


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