Strength through support – mā ta tautoko, ka whai kaha, ka ora

Endometriosis New Zealand is New Zealand’s national endometriosis organisation and has affiliated Support Networks throughout the country.

We represent the tens of thousands of girls and women with endometriosis in New Zealand and we work with those who treat the condition and researchers to find solutions. We provide unique and professional services and programs to reach individuals, communities, schools, workplaces and all stakeholders involved in improving health outcomes for those with endometriosis and persistent pelvic pain.

Endometriosis New Zealand


History

Endometriosis New Zealand began as a support group in 1985 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The three founding members Deborah Bush, Margaret McKenzie and the late Joan Moultrie, began the group because of a desire to provide information, educate and support women with endometriosis. 

The Group became a Registered Charitable Trust in January 1994, known as the New Zealand Endometriosis Foundation Incorporated (NZEF), operating now as Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ).

Tens of thousands of women and girls throughout New Zealand and abroad have contacted ENZ over the years – many desperate for information and support.  The passion and drive to change the course of history of endometriosis, has relied on the unique skills and talents from within the organisation setting global standards of excellence in developing and delivering initiatives, providing services and fostering research. ENZ has been a major player in contributing to facilitate the wellness of women everywhere.

Endometriosis New Zealand is at the forefront of internationally recognised services and programmes. 

Recipients of:  

  • Commonwealth Award for Excellence in Women’s Health
  • Health Innovations Awards 2007 (Finalist for ‘me’)
  • Paul Newman award 2007 (Winner)
  • Feature article in the World Endometriosis Society (WES) e-journal 2009
  • Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2012 (Finalist)

Special Features

Our logo symbol is taken from the traditional New Zealand Maori design known as the koru – the symbolism of the unfurled fern leaf.  The koru, highly pertinent to our country and cause, depicts new beginnings and fertility, harmony and growth.  Our koru design is unique to ENZ but represents all women as they strive to live well with endometriosis and pelvic pain.  Our logo shape is also suggestive of the ‘e’ representing endometriosis everywhere.

Endometriosis New Zealand

Our base colour is black – very kiwi, with spring green for new life and hope and magenta pink for energy, strength and femininity.


Mate kirikopu is the Maori name for endometriosis and has been officialised in the Maori language.


Our motto ‘strength through support’ ‘mā te tautoko, ka whai kaha, ka ora’ is key to our unique character and philosophy as we aim to greatly improve health outcomes for girls and women through our services, programs and advocacy.


Strength through support - mā ta tautoko, ka whai kaha, ka ora

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