Support Groups

These are groups that meet face to face. Some of them are run through MDANZ and others are run by members.



This is a free, safe and fun online community for young people aged over 10 and under 21 years living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or a disability. To join go to To speak to someone please call the Livewire support team 0800 000 680 (11am - 7pm) or email : check out this video to get an idea of what this community is all about click here

Northern Region


The Wilson Home Trust host a pre-school playgroup on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Swimming is also open for all at the Wilson Home Trust every Monday from 3pm-4pm. For information email 

Canterbury Region Support Groups


Open invite to MDANZ members to join the Christchurch CMT support group who meet in the Northland Mall once a month. Members with other conditions are also welsome. Contact Paul Arthur on 03 354 3943.

Myotonic Dystrophy

Contact Paul Graham the Canterbury Fieldworker if you are interested in meeting once a month. Transport may be provided if this is a barrier to attending 0800 463 22 or 021 126 1209.

Timaru (South Island group)

This group meets 3 or 4 times a year for something to eat and a chat. Contact Jackie Freeman.