Mark Leggett appointed MND NZ Chief Executive

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Leggett to the permanent role of Chief Executive, after filling the interim position for the last few months. Mark is an experienced senior manager with a background (originally nursing and midwifery) in clinical health services, leading to broad senior executive roles across public and private … Read more

Natalie Gauld Photo Web 2023

We are very pleased to welcome Dr Natalie Gauld to Motor Neurone Disease NZ as Research Advisor and Best Practice Advocate. Natalie is a pharmacist with a MPharm and PhD degrees and has honorary roles in the Department of Paediatrics and School of Pharmacy at the University of Auckland. She is passionate about improving access … Read more

Flooding Image Akl Feb 2023

It’s been a very wet and scary time for so many affected by the huge amount of rain and flooding…

Mnd Website News Featherbed Tales Promo

With Christmas just around the corner MND New Zealand is pleased to offer free access to the Featherbed Tales online talking e-books and greeting card service. The web-based platform allows people with MND and their family to quickly and easily record (and re-record!) audio to play alongside the pages of illustrated digital story books, nursery … Read more


MND New Zealand is delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Arrol as the new Chief Executive. Scott will be joining the team on the 14th of March 2022. Scott has significant experience in the health and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as the Chief Executive for Dementia New Zealand. Prior to this, Scott was the … Read more

Following the recent resignation of our Chair Greg Horton, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Natalie Thain as interim Chair to our AGM on 30th October. Natalie brings considerable governance experience at board level in a range of organisations, including large private sector organisations; listed companies; local, central, and regional government agencies; non-profits; … Read more

Pictured: Caron Palmer (Deputy Chair, MND New Zealand) and Cos Bruyn (Fulton Hogan Managing Director). Fulton Hogan is this year’s recipient of the David Oliver Beacon Award. The decision was announced at our AGM on Saturday, 31st October. The purpose of the award is for MND New Zealand to honour, acknowledge, and celebrate individuals, groups, … Read more

Each week in New Zealand at least two people are diagnosed with MND. This devastating disease impacts hundreds of families throughout New Zealand, yet it’s something many kiwis have little knowledge of. Raising awareness of motor neurone disease is vital. With increased awareness comes increased understanding, which leads to more funding, more research, and eventually … Read more

No, we haven’t lost our minds, there really is a plus side to the end of the tax year. Read on to discover what it is! MND New Zealand is a registered charity (The Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand Incorporated – Registration Number: CC35320). If you donated to MND New Zealand during the … Read more

Today, Tuesday 11th February is International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Implemented by the United Nations in 2015, the day celebrates the vital role women play in Science and Technology. With this in mind, it was only fitting that today we introduced you to two young women involved in MND research in New … Read more

On Monday 9th December, in conjunction with the MND Research Network, we proudly hosted the Inaugural MND New Zealand Research Conference at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. It was a momentous occasion, gathering 16 speakers, both national and international experts, to discuss the latest updates in MND Research. The Morning’s session focused on understanding and … Read more

At our recent 2019 Annual General Meeting, we announced some changes to the National Council for the coming year. Beth Watson and Tony Treloar both retired from council at the meeting. Beth (pictured with Steve Green) came to MND New Zealand in 2001 as the National Executive Officer, and was also part of the previous … Read more