Champions for dementia

Dementia champions

Our Champions for Dementia are well-known New Zealanders with a personal connection to dementia who are supporting Alzheimers New Zealand to raise awareness of dementia and promote wider understanding of dementia and its impacts.


In November 2016, we announced that popular author Kate De Goldi is going to be our fourth Champion for Dementia. Kate's parents both had dementia and she wrote about dementia in her novel The ACB with Honora Lee.

On Wednesday 26 August, we introduced Kerry Prendergast as our third Champion for Dementia. Kerry's father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease late, in 2002, and passed away in 2005. Recently, her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia. 

Our first Champion for Dementia was TV personality Colin Mathura-Jeffree, who became a Champion in September 2013. Colin’s grandmother Eileen passed away in 1998 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Click on Colin’s image below to read more about his experience with dementia.

Our second Champion for Dementia was former All Blacks player Reuben Thorne, who we announced on World Alzheimers Day, 21 September 2014. After becoming aware of the reality of dementia, he decided he would help to spread the word and inform his fellow New Zealanders. Click on Reuben’s image below to read more.