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  • Services We Provide

    MOBILE diabetes awareness van

    Pre-diabetes and diabetes are at epidemic proportions in New Zealand with the Auckland region over represented in certain populations. This programme works with communities who have the highest rates of pre-diabetes and diabetes in Auckland.

    Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch has designed a mobile service that goes to where these communities work, gather, play, pray and eat. The use of health navigators from the local culture is also vital to the success.

    Those who been identified as either at risk of pre-diabetes or diabetes through testing in the community setting, will be visited by the navigators in either their home, community or work place to ensure the engagement with primary care services occurs.

    To book our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Van, please email

    Attached is the schedule of our mobile van ( TBC)

    HOPE courses

    Healthy Options = positive eating

    HOPE empowers existing communities e.g. churches, maraes, sports groups and community centres by training key community people to deliver the HOPE programme, working together as a group in moving toward a healthy, active lifestyle.

    The aim of HOPE is to foster healthier lifestyles amongst ‘at-risk’ communities, leading to a reduction in the incidence of diabetes and diabetes complications.

    This occurs through the following:

    • An annual HOPE Train the Trainer to produce Cultural Champions equipped to deliver HOPE programmes tailored to the needs of their ‘at risk’ communities
    • Empowerment of communities ‘at risk’ by providing them with HOPE training, culturally appropriate resources, tools and skills required to make long term lifestyle changes that lead to healthier lifestyles for the whole family/ whānau
    • Cultural champions engaging with at least a minimum of 30 to 50 families across 5 different communities annually for ages 13 to 90 years


    HOPE is a Family / Whānau centred Health Promotion programme delivered in community settings over four sessions. Each session includes three key components:

    • Presentation of key information
    • Physical activity
    • A cooking demonstration followed by practical cooking experience for the family groups


    The four HOPE sessions cover:

    • Who we are and cultural traditions
    • The cultural value of food and generational patterns
    • Practical fun activities for families
    • The family plan – a plan of action

    Level 1: Train the Trainer for Cultural Champions

    Level 2: Cultural Champions delivering HOPE in their community with DNZAB supervision

    Level 3: Cultural Champions delivering their own HOPE with minimal support from DNZAB

    If you are interested in participating in our HOPE Program, please email

    Courses for people with diabetes

    Living Life Well with Diabetes Longterm

    This is for those who have had type 2 diabetes for longer than 3 years and need a one day update and review. These presentations will be done to 20+ participants in one day using adult learning techniques facilitated by DNZAB’s Diabetes Nurse Liaison and Dietitian.

    Participants will be updated on:

    • The progressive nature of diabetes
    • Self-management skills and HbA1c levels
    • Healthy eating, weight management, healthy exercising and programmes in the community
    • Driving, travel and sick days
    • Medications, their functions and how to use them safely
    • Signs, Treatment and avoidance of low blood glucose levels (“hypos”)


    Living Life Well Road Show

    This is for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes wanting to know more about diabetes and self management.

    Sessions have presentations from the Diabetes Nurse Liaison, Dietitian and a Diabetes Medical Specialist.

    Provide four ‘Living Life Well with Diabetes Roadshow’ to the wider Auckland reason raising awareness of the diabetes epidemic, engaging people with Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch’s (DNZAB) services and promoting wellness. This will support:

    • Self-management
    • An increase in knowledge and awareness of ‘Living Life Well with Diabetes’
    • Prevention of long term complications
    • Increase attendance numbers for diabetes workshops i.e.
    • Living Well with Diabetes
    • Enjoying Healthy Food (Food Literacy)
    • Promotion of local Support Groups
    • Increase Diabetes NZ membership


    Participants will be given strategies that:

    • Support an increase in healthy eating and physical activity through work place policies, healthy food options available and resources that support exercise including marketing material, walking groups and a work place champion
    • Motivate change in individual employees’ behaviour by increasing knowledge about healthy eating and physical activity
    • Educate the employees on the diabetes epidemic, diabetes management and support services offered by DNZAB


    Living Life Well with Healthy Food

    These courses are for those with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes who want to understand healthy food. The presentation is a single, three hour group education programme delivered by an experienced Diabetes Dietitian, utilising a variety of adult learning activities. Six of these occur annually across the Auckland region.

    Participants will gain:

    • An understanding of the nutritional recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes
    • S framework for personalised meal planning based on “cardio-protective diet” targets
    • Practical label reading skills in a supportive setting

    To see when our upcoming courses are on, please refer to our calendar – (another page under services we provide)

    To register, please email

    We also have a programme for workplaces


    Living Life Well at Work

    These courses are for work places in the Auckland region who have employees at risk of diabetes or have diabetes. Prevention programmes include development of work place policies, attendance at health expos, education sessions and seminars. Sessions can be full days or just a few hours – they are tailored to the work place requirements.

    The Living Life Well at Work tool kit is to be used in the work place to identify ideas and develop plans that promote healthy eating and increased physical activity among employees. The kit contains information and tools on the following topics:

    • Key elements of a successful work place health promotion initiative
    • Strategies that support healthy eating and increased physical activity
    • Resources to support the implementation of health promotion strategies

    Diabetes Youth Auckland sposorship

    Diabetes Youth Auckland (DYA) provides vital support and services aimed at families and the 900 + young people living with diabetes aged up to 25 years, most of whom have type 1 diabetes.

    We’re part of Diabetes New Zealand Auckland Branch but run by a separate volunteer committee dedicated to youth services.

    No other chronic condition is as oppressive as type 1 diabetes. In one year a young teenager will have typically faced more than 1,000 injections and performed over 2,000 blood glucose finger prick tests. While other chronic conditions in young people may be more visible, more disabling, have greater daily symptoms and be more life-threatening, type 1 diabetes is relentless and so often misunderstood by non -sufferers.

    DYA designs programmes that support the social, psychological, physical and educational needs of young people and their families that can be life changing in their attitude to living positively with diabetes.

    These include:

    Camps; for children, teenagers and families

    Events; examples include Action World, Rangitoto Island walk, sleepover at Kelly Tarlton’s, Rainbow’s End by Night, Butterfly Creek

    Support; parent social support evenings, starter packs, peer support

    Education/information; DYA Press magazine, DYA website, education evenings in conjunction with Starship Children’s Health Diabetes Service.

    For more information about DYA – head to their homepage

    Support Groups

    The Diabetes NZ Auckland network of support groups spreads across the Auckland region. If you would like to attend a meeting, please call the coordinator below. If you would like to start your own support group or require further information on any of the groups below, please contact us on 0508 DIABETES.

    Attendance donation
    Members of Diabetes NZ Auckland – $2.00
    Non-members – $5.00


    Wellsford/ Mangawhai
    3rd Friday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
    Anglican Church, Port Albert Road, Wellsford
    Coordinator – Colleen 09 431 4238

    Hibiscus Coast
    4th Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
    Orewa Community Church, Amorino Drive, Red Beach
    Coordinator – Keith 09 428 0088


    North Shore

    North Shore
    1st Tuesday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
    Takapuna War Memorial Hall, The Strand
    Coordinator – Sue 09 449 02221

    North Shore Evening
    1st Thursday in month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
    Auckland Christian Assembly, 26 Albany Highway, Glenfield
    Coordinator – Sue 09 449 02221



    Avondale/ New Lynn
    1st Monday in month, 9.45am – 12.00noon
    Avondale Community Centre, 99 Rosebank Road, Avondale
    Coordinator – Gail 09 827 8315

    Blockhouse Bay
    2nd Monday in month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
    Blockhouse Bay community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay
    Coordinator – Priscilla 09 626 2711

    Three Kings
    2nd Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
    Fickling Centre, Mt Albert Road, Three Kings
    Coordinator – Maureen 09 627 8521

    2nd Wednesday in month, 10.30am – 12:30noon
    Diabetes NZ Auckland, 62-64 Valley Road, Mt Eden
    Coordinator – Priscilla 09 626 2711



    Auckland West
    2nd Wednesday in month, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
    Community House, 580 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu
    Coordinator – Mary 09 834 4554

    1st Monday in month, 10.00am – 12.00noon
    Alison McKenzie House
    Cnr Commercial Road and Porter Cres, Helensville
    Coordinator – Shirley 09 420 6501

     Helensville, Evening
    1st Wednesday in month, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
    Contact coordinator for details
    Coordinator – Shirley 09 420 6501



    Botany Evening
    4th Wednesday in month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Botany Salvation Army Community Centre, Ti Rakau Drive, Botany
    Coordinator – Deralyn 09 537 6692

    Manurewa Day
    3rd Thursday in month, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
    The Cosmopolitan Club, 6 Alfriston Road, Manurewa
    Coordinator – Anne 09 267 3540

    Manukau Evening
    1st Tuesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
    Papatoetoe Cosmopolitan Club, 53 Rangitoto Road
    Coordinator – Anne 09 267 3540

    Papakura Day
    2nd Tuesday in month, 1.00pm – 2.45pm
    Masonic hall, Cnr Duke and Wood Streets, Papakura
    Coordinator – Graeme 09 298 6855

    Papakura evening
    3rd Tuesday in month, 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Papakura Seventh day Adventist Church Hall
    12 Alpha Street, Papakura
    Coordinator – Samuel Moseti 09 2715400

    4th Thursday in month, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
    Methodist Hall, Cnr Queen and Wesley Streets, Pukekohe
    Coordinator – Jan 09 239 2049


    Other Diabetes Support Groups in the Greater Auckland area

    Asian Support Group
    Coordinator Grace (Korean), Sy (Chinese) 09 486 8314

    Diabetes Youth NZ
    Shona 09 622 0551

    Otara Diabetes Projects Trust
    09 273 9605

    Nga Tapuwai Centre, Diabetes Project Trust
    09 273 9650

    This list is to be used for support group membership enquiries only. All marketing and commercial enquiries must be directed to Diabetes NZ – Auckland.


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