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 ›


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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Julia and Dane interview Dr Jennifer Miller at IPWSO Conference

December 23, 2019

Whilst attending the IPWSO conference in Cuba, Julia and Dane Fuller, from New Zealand, were very fortunate to be able to interview expert endocrinologist, Dr Jennifer Miller. The interview contains useful information for families as Dr Miller discusses growth hormone…

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Young Families Weekend – Nov 2019

November 17, 2019

We have recently held Young Families Weekends approximately every 2 years. Our latest weekend for families of newly diagnosed or young children was held at the Top 10 Holiday Park in Christchurch. Both adults and children enjoyed meeting new people…

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Zoom Chat – Social Groups for New Zealanders with PWS

- 2nd Saturday of month

These meetings will generally take place on the 2nd SATURDAY of each month. Please check Facebook for any updates or date changes. Our Zoom Chats are monthly facilitated social groups. They will mainly involve general chat about what everyone has been…

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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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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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