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Canterbury Branch

Welcome to the Canterbury Branch of Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand. CFNZ Canterbury has the second largest CF population and services the largest geographic area – from Waitaki in the south to Kaikoura in the north and also includes the West Coast.

Contact Branch

Key contacts

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  • Branch Chair
  • Phone 021 390 760


  • Community Support Team Leader - Registered Social Worker
  • Phone 021 0222 1203

How can we help?

Canterbury Branch can assist people with CF and their families in their region with:

  • equipment essential for people with CF
  • information and education
  • peer support
  • meeting and conference attendance
  • welfare issues
  • emotional and financial support
  • parking costs at Christchurch Hospital when an inpatient or attending clinic

About us

We are an active branch with fundraising events each year to raise the funds required to continue the support of people with CF. 

Our annual Golf Tournament is held in October/November and we host a theatre benefit night in May each year.

We also hold a coffee evening get together for parents of newly diagnosed and young children with CF which gives them the opportunity to meet with other parents of children with CF.

Each year we also sell the Entertainment Book. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with these and other events, if you would like to help please contact us.

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Fundraise with us

We absolutely love it when our local community helps us to fundraise! Whether its a mufti day, bubbles themed event (like the one on the left from Rangiora School!), collecting during CF Awareness Week or a bake sale - it all makes a big difference.

Another great way of fundraising is through the Entertainment Book. The proceeds go to the Canterbury Branch, meaning we can continue to support our local CF community.

Buy your Entertainment Book

Give to this branch

The Canterbury Branch aims to improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis in the Canterbury region. We can only continue this work with your help. Please give generously.

Donate to the Canterbury branch


Our committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month. Please contact the branch if you would like to attend. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Find out more
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Committee members

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    Sandy has been a committee member for many years. Her daughter, who is the oldest of her 2 children, has cystic fibrosis. Sandy loves to travel and also enjoys motorcycling, walking and spending time with her family.

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    Viv is the paediatric outreach nurse at Christchurch Hospital and sits on the Canterbury committee.

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    Melissa is the Chair of the Canterbury branch and has been involved for many years. One of her roles is first point of contact and meeting with newly diagnosed parents which she really enjoys. Melissa has two children, her oldest son has CF. Other interests include gardening, tennis and jetskiing.