ANZMES (Association of New Zealand Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Society Inc)

ANZMES stands for the “Association of New Zealand Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Society Inc.” and is the national advisory body and support organization for ME sufferers and their carers in New Zealand. It was founded in 1980 and was the first ME organization of its type in the world. The Functions of ANZMES as per our Constitution as a non-profit include: > Supporting ME patients and their carers in New Zealand. > Producing the quarterly magazine ‘Meeting Place’ to inform members of the latest news, events and research pertaining to ME/CFS. > Procuring political support for the ME cause with the aim of bettering conditions for ME patients. > Facilitating communication between sufferers of the condition. > Acting as a respected national and international ‘voice’ on ME matters. > Encouraging research and education about ME. > Updating healthcare providers on the latest advances regarding this condition. > Co-ordinating and fostering the growth of local support groups throughout the country. > Providing information and resources to individuals and groups as required. ANZMES is run by an executive committee of unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to the cause. The team is passionate about raising awareness, reducing stigma, advocating for improved outcomes, and ensuring relevant evidence-based biomedical research is funded in New Zealand. The National Co-ordinator is the sole employee of ANZMES who ensures smooth delivery of all services, and is the first point of contact for all queries.

Name: Angela Cayford – National Co-ordinator / Fiona Charlton President
Address: Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin Central, Dunedin, 9016 
Phone: 03 471 6203

Disability Types

  • Physical


  • Auckland/Northland
  • Canterbury
  • Lower North Island
  • Nelson/Marlborough
  • Otago/Southland
  • Waikato

Services Provided

  • Community Participation
  • Information Services