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Meet the ME Support Team

We're passionate about improving our clients' lives.

ME Support has a mix of paid staff and volunteers - a dynamic and experienced team who are dedicated to supporting those navigating the journey of ME/CFS or Long COVID.

Our Staff

Natalie Newall

Client Support Coordinator

I hold a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Primary Teaching (from University of Auckland and Auckland College of Education respectively). I taught at schools across Auckland for several years before taking up a Road Safety Coordinator role at Papakura District Council.


It was during this time I was diagnosed with ME/CFS, however this started my career in community development and after having my son I worked in Road Safety injury prevention with Auckland Transport, and then in 2017 I moved on to work as a community and beneficiary advocate with Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) which I held for two and a half years.


​I feel this advocacy role, along with my teaching and community development experience, gives me a breadth of experience to bring to ME Support as a Support Worker.


I look forward to future opportunities to help, support and provide advocacy to others.

"ME/CFS is a cause close to my heart and being in a position to support others who are affected by this misunderstood illness, means a great deal to me."

Our Board


Patrick Hadfield


I am a financial analyst, working independently for clients across both the public and private sector.


I have been actively involved in ME/CFS volunteer work for a number of years including convening a support group for young adults, building the ME Support website, fundraising, social media, administration and developing presentations. 


My goal on the board is to secure funding to support the sustainability of ME Support. I also aim to ensure our communications are professional, and help dispel the undeserved stigma attached to this illness.

"My goal on the Board is to secure funding to support the sustainability of ME Support... and help dispel the undeserved stigma attached to this illness."

Our Volunteers

ME Support has literally been built by volunteer work, and is this still an essential part of our organisation.


Below are our current volunteers, who we sincerely thank for their support and time that they generously give.


Our Central and East Auckland Support Group Facilitator


Helps to organise our West Auckland Support Group


Our South Auckland Support Group Facilitator


Provides general support


Our IT support person


Supports our Facebook Support Group Administration and Moderating team.

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