North and South Trust………you are pretty damn awesome!

Over the past 3 years North and South have been regular donors supporting us with salaries for our research team. Once again we are privileged to receive their donation so that our researchers can continue their journey towards finding a better treatment for the 26,000+ people in New Zealand effected with type 1 diabetes!

Thank you to The Southern Victorian Trust

A heartfelt thanks goes out to the Southern Victorian Trust who recently supported SCSNZ with their research efforts. The assistance The Southern Victorian have given us means that we have been able to keep a second Research Technician on after Vicky returns from maternity leave. This will allow the research team to carry out their work in a much timelier fashion!

Thank you Southern Victorian Trust

Trillian Trust pledges further support for SCSNZ

Trillian Trust has provided over $105 million in grants to thousands of community organisations throughout New Zealand.

The Spinal Cord Society would like to take the opportunity to thank the Trillian Trust for their recent donation of $5,000 towards consumables and equipment for the laboratory. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.




This is to inform everyone that the Annual General Meeting of the Spinal Cord Society New Zealand Incorporated will be held at the Society's registered office at 428 Hinuera Road,   R.D. 2, Matamata at 2 p.m. on Sunday 9th July 2017. All are welcome to attend.

Any person who wishes to have any matter discussed at the Annual General Meeting is invited to write/email the Secretary of the Society, Emily Meese, c/- Registered Office of the Society, 428 Hinuera Road, R.D. 2, Matamata 3472 or send an email to  

Any such notice must be given in writing prior to 26th June 2017.

Notice given at Matamata this day, Monday 29th May 2017, by Noela Vallis, President

PS: Anyone wishing to attend please bring a plate.

It is essential for the conduct of business at the Annual General Meeting that those unable to attend please send their proxy to the registered office of the Society no later than 26th June 2017.




Regular supporters Callis Charitable Trust support SCSNZ again!

Callis Charitable Trust have given to a number of organisations throughout Otago and here at the Spinal Cord Society NZ we are pleased to announce that this year the Callis Trust has continued their support. This time in the form of salaries for our research team, Callis Trust have carried forward their support as they have for the past 4 years.  

SCSNZ do not receive any government funding therefore we depend a great deal and appreciate the generous donations that we receive from philanthropic trusts. 

Form the members and committee of SCSNZ to The Callis Charitable Trust, we thank you so much!!!

Thank you Southern Trust

Southern Hospitality - they say it can't be beat! Well we can vouch for that - The Southern Trust in true Southern form have once again shown their support to SCSNZ - this time with a $30,000 donation towards the salaries of our Research Team!

Established in 1998 - Southern Trust have given regularly to the community providing support for amateur sport, education, community purposes , welfare organisations and arts and culture. They have been regular supporters of SCSNZ from when we first built our lab here in Dunedin in 2003

From the members and team at SCSNZ - Thank you Southern Trust - your ongoing support is greatly appreciated!

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Sargood Bequest provide further support to SCSNZ

Regular supporters of SCSNZ since 2014 - we are proud to once again have the support of the Sargood Bequest. This time a donation of $5,000 towards a sub project we are carrying out called "Western Blotting". Western Blotting is a technique is used to separate and identify proteins from cells. The technique will allow us to identify how a particular protein responds during the auto immune process. Western Blotting is often used in combination with the immunoassays that we are undertaking. For further information on our research please call the lab on 03 479 5858

Sargood Bequest - a derivative of the Sargood Trust established in 1939 have disbursed funds between 1974 - 2000 totalling $4,050,770 averaging $150,028 per annum. They continue to support community groups and individuals within New Zealand in the children and youth, cultural, sports and outdoors, educational and environmental areas.

Thank you so much to The Sargood Bequest for their continued support and recent donation!

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Jape Wanoa – Cycling from Shanghai to Beijing for Type 1 Diabetes!

Jape Wanoa is a retired policeman from Roxburgh. When his friend Gary Bennetts, suggested joining him on a cylce trip from Shanghai to Beijing, Jape jumped at the opportunity. After careful consideration and commiting, Jape decided that this was a perfect opportunity to fundraise for Type 1 Diabetes. His driving force........his grandaughter Indi was recently diagnosed with Type 1. Jape is not a seasoned traveller - he's only been as far as Australia and this is maiden cycling trip so a far cry from "walking the beat" in Roxburgh Jape is in for a bit of a shock! SCSNZ is thrilled that Jape's family have been in touch and the funds raised on his trip will go towards our research. All the best Jape!

Now for those of you who are geographically challenged as I am - below is an insight as to how far this journey is! Jape's journey is a challenging 1450KM! So the equivalent of cycling Invercargill to Auckland - give or take a K's.

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