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

Our Services

We are an information and support network which aims to enhance the lives of those living with Prader-Willi syndrome in New Zealand by providing advocacy, education and support services to families affected by PWS, and to those who work with people living with PWS. We also aim to increase public awareness and understanding of Prader-Willi Syndrome.


We advocate on behalf of people living with PWS by campaigning on issues, such as access to medicines, and by helping to increase PWS awareness which leads to greater acceptance and understanding. We can also provide individual advocacy services as required, i.e. attending meetings or writing letters of support. Please contact us for help.


We provide information and resources to families, carers, schools, service providers and other professionals. Here are some of the ways we provide this service:

  • We are able to offer training sessions to schools and residential care providers. Please check our Training Courses page for any upcoming courses or to complete a training request form.
  • We have a range of resources available on our Publications and Resources page. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask and we will be happy to help.
  • Resources may also be borrowed from our PWSA Library.
  • From time to time we host seminars with specialist presentations by expert speakers. We also co-organise the Asia-Pacific PWS Conference held every 3 years. Please check our Training Courses and Conferences pages.


We maintain a parent support network and offer support to people living with PWS, families and whanau. Here are some of the ways we provide this service:

  • We can be contacted anytime via our website or freephone helpline for new diagnosis or crisis support.
  • We can put families in touch with other families in their area or with families who have a child diagnosed with PWS of a similar age. Just check the box to indicate you would like us to do this on our membership form.
  • We host family support events and aim to hold biennial family camps, biennial young families weekends and youth weekends, plus regular regional family days. Please check our Upcoming Events page.
  • We keep in touch via email, Facebook, and facilitate families keeping in touch via our onlineĀ support group.
adults with PWS
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