Network News Monday 13 May 2019

Kia ora tatou,

Network News

The Network has a new Board for the 2019/20 year. Diana Ayling (Chair), Heather Anderson (Secretary), and Board Members, Monica Koia, Brian Sheppard, and Gaynor Anderson. We elected to change the name of the “Committee” to “Board” and to allow online voting for any meeting of members. You can access the Minutes of the AGM here.

The Board is committed to two projects in the year ahead. We will be focusing on bringing the head and neck cancer community in New Zealand to have “One Voice” and to “Build our Community” by connecting people to the Network and with each other.

There are new developments with our website, the creation of a new form of Facebook group, and the continuing development of face to face support through support groups. We will keep you up to date through our Network News.

Members  Support

Last year 66 people joined the Head and Neck Cancer Support Network website. The Network community of 214 people all with shared interest in head and neck cancer. However, this is a small number of people affected by head and neck cancer in New Zealand, and we are striving to grow the community this year. Please encourage people you meet to sign up and join us. Family and friends are most welcome. 

Welcome to new members. Monica Ngaire Koia (Board Member)Adrianna PetermanPhilip HopeLana AndersonCarlos, and Jenn Lourie.

Website Support

Our website continues to serve people affected by head and neck cancer. The website had 34,000 hits in the last year. We are working to refresh the site, and to ensure it is usable and relevant. If you would like to make suggestions on the redevelopment you can do so here….

National Connections


The last week was very busy for many cancer organisations, as Patient Voice Aotearoa asked New Zealanders to sign petitions to Parliament asking for funding of life saving medicines. As an active member of Patient Voice Aotearoa we will continue to support this campaign.




Regional Connections

We are pleased to be working with the Auckland Health Foundation to refurbish the whanau room in Ward 74 of Auckland City Hospital. The hospital is a hub for patients from the greater Auckland and Northland area. We want carers, family/whanau and friends to feel comfortable while supporting those affected by head and neck cancer. If you can donate please do...make sure you follow the link to Ward 74.

International Connections

For World Head and Neck Cancer Day 2019 we are joining with Australia’s Beyond Five to raise funds for the New zealand’s Head and Neck Cancer Support Network through Soup for the Soul. If you would like to host an event please register here and we will send you the support pack.

Online Support (Apps, websites, resources)

Live Better With 

A highly recommended set of resources

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They have built a thriving online community of over 70,000 people talking about cancer and supporting each other. Talking to and hearing from the community is helping build Live Better With into the most useful practical destination for people living with cancer - all of products and information are guided by community recommendations.

Uniquely, Live Better group all the products by how someone might be feeling (e.g., 'Feeling sick' or having 'Difficulty Sleeping'), so it’s very easy to discover all the relevant and helpful things that have worked for others with the same need as you.

Save The Date!

10 June 2019 Auckland Support Group meeting. Domain Lodge, Grafton at 11am. Speaker Jacqui Allen - Voice and Swallowing expert.

Looking for answers or support?

The Cancer Society knows that going through cancer is tough and can raise many questions. They want you to know that they are here for you. From help with getting to your medical appointments or understanding your treatment options, to offering practical support, they can help.

The Cancer Society can help you find answers to questions about your treatment and its effects. There are pages of cancer information online and in booklets, and they are always available for emotional support when things get tough.

For answers, support or just a chat, call us free on 0800 CANCER (226 237) Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5pm.

Thank You to our Corporate and Community Partners

International Groups

Online Support Community - Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

SPOHNC | Support For People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer

HNC Support International: Head and Neck Cancer Support

Head and Neck Cancer | Cancer Support Community

Throat Cancer Support and Resources - Throat Cancer Foundation

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Support Group & Community - Inspire

The Oral Cancer Support Forum

Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

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Diana Ayling

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