Welcome to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of New Zealand
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What is Prader-Willi Syndrome?

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare and complex neurodevelopmental, genetic disorder which occurs in around 1 in 16,000 births and affects approximately 200 New Zealanders.

PWS alters functioning of the hypothalamus in the brain causing a wide range of symptoms including impacts on cognition, emotional regulation, growth, muscle development, metabolism and appetite – most people with PWS are always hungry. Each individual is affected to varying degrees by each symptom. Learn more ›


Tweens and Teens Weekend 2021

July 9, 2021

At the end of May, we enjoyed a weekend in Wellington attended by 12 of our tweens and teens with an accompanying parent. Many of these teens know each other quite well now as ‘regulars’ at these events, but it’s…

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Leadership and Social Weekend for Adults with PWS

October 31, 2020

We invited our adult members with PWS to a Leadership and Social Weekend which was held Oct 16th – 18th 2020, at The Surrey Hotel in Auckland. The programme was aimed at developing advocacy and leadership skills and enabled us…

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PWSA Family Camp, Taupo – Feb/March 2020

March 30, 2020

Just a couple of weeks before our world changed momentously with the impact of Covid-19, we were able to enjoy a sunny weekend together on the alluring shores of Lake Taupo. It was the perfect site for our family camp,…

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11th International PWS Organisation Conference, Ireland

- 2022

This will be IPWSO’s 11th international Prader-Willi syndrome conference. These are held every 3 years, each time in a different country. The conference usually has 4 different programmes available: Clinical and Scientific, Parents & Family, Professional Caregivers and Providers, plus…

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Virtual Social Evenings for Parents

- last Sunday of the month

These meetings will generally take place on the last SUNDAY of each month at 7.30pm. Each month is for parents with children of a different age range, so there will be a meeting for each parent group every 3 months.…

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Zoom Chat – Social Groups for New Zealanders with PWS

- 2nd Saturday / 1st Tuesday

Our Zoom Chats are monthly facilitated social groups. They will mainly involve general chat about what everyone has been up to, but may also involve some games or discussion on a topic (we would let you know the topic beforehand…

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