About Us

About Dementia New Zealand

Dementia New Zealand is a passionate national team that represents and supports six regions across Aotearoa.

These are Dementia Auckland, Dementia Canterbury, Dementia Hawkes Bay, Dementia Lakes, Dementia Wellington and Dementia Waikato. Together these passionate teams provide their communities vital dementia support, advice and tools.

Through awareness, education and support, it’s our mission to help improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia – not only individuals, but also their caregivers, whanau and support networks.


Helping people to live their best possible lives.


“Committed to supporting and enabling Affiliate members to operate at their best, advocating and raising awareness of the dementia journey and the importance of brain health for everyone”


Turning our Vision and Mission into action:

1. Brain Health
2. Clinical Practice Standards
3. Advocacy and National Policy
4. Infrastructure and sustainability
Each objective underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Dementia New Zealand Action Plan.


By providing advocacy and access to information that promotes wellness, increases independence and provides reassurance, we want to inspire and nurture a dementia-friendly society, where anyone affected feels supported and prepared for the journey ahead.

We’re stronger together – The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected. United we are stronger, supportive and more effective.

We care for our communities – Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society. Care is at the centre of who we are and what we do.

Strategic Plan

Download our Dementia New Zealand Strategic Plan.

Dementia New Zealand annual plan

Dementia is now the third largest cause of death in New Zealand.

With 55 million people affected globally, there are 10 million new cases of dementia reported every year – one every three seconds.

Read more on the WHO website.

It has never been more important for us to understand, support and prepare for the largest health and social challenge of our time.