Welcome to the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of New Zealand
Freephone PWS Helpline: 0800 4PWS HELP | 0800 4797 4357

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 ›

NEWS

5th Asia Pacific PWS Conference

November 29, 2021

Together with the PWS Associations of Australia, Malaysia and Thailand, we held our first virtual conference in October 2021, which was also the first Asia Pacific conference to be co-organised by 4 countries.  From attendee feedback received, it seems that…

Read 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…

Read more ›

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…

Read more ›

EVENTS

PWSA(NZ) Family Camp 2022

- March 11th-13th 2022

We are very excited to announce the date of our next family camp! This will be held 11th – 13th March, 2022 at MiCamp Taupo. Our family camps are open to people with PWS of all ages to attend with…

Read more ›

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 parrallel programmes available: Clinical and Scientific, Parents & Family, Professional Caregivers and Providers,…

Read more ›

Young Families Weekend 2021

- POSTPONED TO Sept 17th-18th 2022

POSTPONED TO 2022 – Sept 17th and 18th Our Young Families Weekends are child-friendly, social get-togethers for parents of infants and young children with PWS – an opportunity to meet others, ask questions, share stories, information and advice. We also aim to provide relevant information and…

Read more ›

PWSA FACEBOOK