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Taranaki Branch

Welcome to the Taranaki Branch of Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand. We service the area from Mokau in the north to Patea in the south and across to Taumaranui to the east, we are a medium sized branch with our members spread across a wide geographical area.

We are passionate about ensuring our Taranaki people have all the resources and assistance they require to live a healthy life with CF. If you ever require any information or even just need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Key contacts

Nicola McCarthy

Nicola
McCarthy

  • Chairperson
  • nicola.mccarthy@fonterra.com
  • Phone 06 278 1988 or 027 496 4786
Gretchen Kitching Northern Fieldworker

Gretchen
Kitching

  • Northern Region Field Worker
  • gretchen@cfnz.org.nz
  • Phone 029 773 1398

How we help

The Taranaki Branch currently supports sixteen children and adults living in our Taranaki region with CF. 

We work tirelessly to provide information and support to all families of the children who are born in Taranaki with cystic fibrosis. Our team of volunteers fundraise and provide their time, expertise and experience to help achieve our vision of normal life expectancy. The majority of these volunteers not only work full time but are the parents and support people of those with cystic fibrosis. Spare time to fundraise is a luxury that not many of us have. 

We support members, families and caregivers in the Taranaki region by providing medical equipment such as nebulisers, gift packs to children in hospital, petrol and meal vouchers during hospital admissions, fire wood, flu vaccinations, morning teas and parent to parent support, educational talks and newsletters, functions, field worker support services and assistance towards organ transplant costs and when necessary, funeral costs.

Volunteer with us

We are an active group with fundraising events each year to raise the funds we need to support people with CF in our area.  We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our fundraising, if you are interested please make contact with our branch.

 

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Give to this branch

The volunteers that make up the Taranaki Branch work tirelessly to provide information and support to all families of the children who are born in Taranaki with cystic fibrosis. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to ensure this important work can continue.

We would appreciate any sponsorship or support that you may be able to provide.

Meetings

We usually meet four or five times per year. We don't have set times or dates and try to be flexible so as many people can attend as possible.

We're always looking for volunteers with enthusiasm to help us, so if you would like to attend one of our meetings please get in touch!

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Committee members

  • Nicola McCarthy

    Nicola
    McCarthy

    I am the proud Chairperson of the Taranaki branch. I have two young sons aged 8 and 7; my oldest son has CF. I have been an active member of the branch for about 6 years and am passionate about ensuring that our Taranaki people have all the resources and assistance they require to live a normal and healthy life with CF. 

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  • Shelley Gruchy Taranaki Branch

    Shelley
    Gruchy

    I have been either Secretary or Chair of the Taranaki branch for 25 years. My daughter moved to Auckland 10 years ago so I don't have much to do with the day to day management of CF these days. Being on the committee allows me to support others in my local area and keeps me connected with other families and their experiences so I remain up to date with developments and  changes.