About Us

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.

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 know that with this guidance, and the right support around them, those affected by dementia will have the freedom and confidence to continue to make the most of every day.

Who we are

In 1984 a challenge was set: to create a society that provided information, support and education for carers and people with dementia.

Inspired by the thought leadership of a passionate advocate with extensive experience in Alzheimers, a local Alzheimers and Related Disorders Society was established. Since then, services supporting Alzheimers and related conditions have been provided to the Auckland community.

Dementia Auckland was formed in 2016 after the organisation was renamed from Alzheimers Auckland. With this change, we aimed to offer greater inclusivity and clarity around the support we can offer to those at various stages of the journey with dementia.

Despite the name change, our mission has always remained the same: to deliver professional and compassionate support to those whose lives are touched by dementia.

Our Mission

The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected. Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society.

Dementia is now the third largest cause of death in New Zealand. With 50 million people affected globally, there are nearly 10 million new cases reported every year – one every three seconds. It has never been more important for us to understand, and tackle, the largest health and social challenge of our time.

Which is why we need your support.

Every partner, colleague, family member, donor or fundraiser affected in some way by dementia can help us is making a difference. Every dollar donated to Dementia Auckland ensures we can continue to provide the support and information needed to help improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia.

We’re stronger together

The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected.
Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society.

Dementia is now the third largest cause of death in New Zealand. With 50 million people affected globally, there are nearly 10 million new cases reported
every year – one every three seconds. It has never been more important for us to understand, and tackle, the largest health and social challenge of our time.

A shared vision

Dementia Auckland is lead by a professional team who each bring their own skill and insight to contribute to a strong, passionate
organisation. What unites us is our commitment to creating beneficial change in the lives of those affected by dementia, and to lead the
conversation around dementia in a more positive and constructive way in our communities.

Martin Bremner

CEO

Martin brings to the Board a wealth of experience in general management and marketing. He is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a BCom and a Masters in marketing and film studies. He most recently was General Manager Marketing for Pumpkin Patch, and previously CEO of Super Liquor Holdings. His governance experience includes time on the Board of Diabetes Auckland, and he is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Rhonda-Preston Jones

Clinical Lead

Rhonda Preston-Jones is a registered Occupational Therapist with many years’ experience in mental health for older adults and in dementia services. She is the Clinical Lead at Dementia Auckland and a passionate CST (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) advocate. She has a keen interest in assisting carers in the challenging role of supporting someone affected by dementia and their families.

Lisa Burns

GM - Marketing & Fundraising

The right message has the power to change hearts and minds. Which is why Lisa is committed to shining a light on the national conversation around dementia in order to de-stigmatise the condition. Lisa believes that with greater access to relevant and helpful information, those affected can let go of expectations to instead focus on the unique opportunity to embrace life and continue to celebrate moments of true joy. Inspired by a personal connection to dementia, and drawing on 18 years’ experience in events, sponsorship, project management, marketing and communications, Lisa aims to spread the word about good brain health and the collective difference that communities can make for a more dementia-friendly society.

Bruce Davis

GM – Finance

Originally from Christchurch, Bruce has worked in commercial accounting roles in Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch and Hamilton throughout his career. This included roles with Winstones, DB Breweries and Daihatsu NZ. He was also the finance manager for National Heart Foundation for 13 years, until his retirement in November 2016. While he enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with his grandson, Bruce couldn’t stay away from number crunching for long. He was attracted to joining us because of the opportunity to contribute to a charitable cause while working part-time and still enjoying the lifestyle of semi-retirement. Bruce and his wife Anne, a registered nurse, enjoy making the most of opportunities to travel, in particular, indulging in their love of cruises.

Meet our trustees

Dementia Auckland benefits from the strong governance of a highly regarded group of individuals who each bring a wealth of experience. Their considerable combined knowledge allows us to leverage valuable business acumen, while their shared empathy and passion towards supporting our community ensures we continue to deliver excellence through our services.

Jocelyn Weatherall

Chair

Jocelyn is the Chair of the Dementia Auckland board and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Jocelyn has a passion for offering practical assistance for those affected by dementia.

Connal Townsend

Trustee

As Chief Executive of the Property Council New Zealand, Connal advocates for owners and investors in the commercial property sector and strives to achieve the best outcomes for New Zealand cities.

Dr Michal Boyd

Trustee

Dr Michal Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and the Freemasons’ Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland.

Song Lam

Trustee

Song graduated at the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Education. She was formerly a school teacher in Hong Kong with more than 30 years teaching experience and is currently a part time bilingual educational advisor for Auckland Schools.

Ambassadors

We’re proud to have the support of a wonderful network of Dementia Auckland Ambassadors. With their help, we can continue to spark more positive, informative and beneficial conversations around dementia, ensuring that New Zealand is a safe and supportive society for all those affected.

Rachel White

Dancing with the Stars NZ Judge

Rachel is a two-time NZ Professional Latin Champion, representative to the World Championships, owner of Just Dance Studio in Southern California, and currently a judge on Dancing with the Stars New Zealand.

Louise Thompson

Wellbeing Coach & Author

Louise is a corporate escapee turned wellbeing pro. After 17 successful years on the commercial side of senior media management a serious health crisis led to a complete lifestyle overhaul and a brand new direction.

Cushla Reed

MINX & C.Reed Director & Designer

Minx director and designer extraordinaire, Cushla (Cush) Reed, is all about creating style statements that express a woman’s individuality. Shaped by a handmade shoe heritage, the talented visionary grew up working in her family shoe factory near Wellington.

Sir William Birch

Dementia Auckland Patron

After concluding an illustrious career in Parliament spanning 27 years, Sir William took up his Surveying tools once again and in 2000 commenced working with Birch Surveyors as a consultant.

Our partners

The generous support of our business partners allows us to provide valuable support, education and awareness to
communities in Auckland.

Find out more about partnering with us

Your support makes a difference

It is through the generous support that we receive from our business partners, event sponsors and attendees that we are able to continue to provide valuable support, education and awareness programmes to communities throughout Auckland.

Our aim is to develop truly rewarding partnerships that benefit both organisations. If you’re interested in finding out more about partnering with Dementia New Zealand, please get in touch.

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Thanks to our partners