Our Story

Mission & Vision

At Cure Kids, our purpose is simple. Every single day, our researchers are driven to find cures and better treatments for serious illnesses and diseases that affect thousands of children in New Zealand.

Our vision is a healthy childhood for everyone, so we focus on raising funds to enable high-impact medical research to find the cures our kids need.

Who we are

Since Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, we have helped save and improve the lives of thousands of kids both here in New Zealand and around the world.

We have invested more than $40 million in research which has helped shape and change the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.

The breadth of the work we support is wide; just some of the projects we have funded,or are currently funding, include childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns, and child and adolescent mental health, among many others.

Cure Kids are the largest funder of child health research outside the government, and we are supporting the best science possible to make a difference to the health and well-being of children in New Zealand.

Support from every day New Zealanders makes this important work possible, and every year we are humbled by the generosity of Kiwis up and down the country who dig deep and donate to Cure Kids.

We are proud to be a fundamental part of improving and saving the lives of New Zealand children and, with your support, we will continue to give today’s and tomorrow’s children the best chance of enjoying a healthy childhood.

Governance

The Cure Kids team is made up of passionate and determined people who are all driven by the same goal; to find the cures that so many of our children need.

Cure Kids members

The five Cure Kids Members participate in constitutional and governance management aspects of Cure Kids. Three are drawn from our founding partner, Rotary in New Zealand, continuing its proud association and support of Cure Kids. The fourth Member is the current President or nominee of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand, while the fifth Member is a South Island based nominee from the Board of Paediatricians of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Beryl Robinson
Rotary in New Zealand

Tony Fortune
Rotary in New Zealand

Charles Wilson
Rotary in New Zealand

Dr David Newman
Paediatric Society of New Zealand

Associate Professor Philip Pattemore
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Cure kids board

The Board provides governance management; administering and controlling Cure Kids. To ensure there is a breadth of experience around the Board table, the constitution requires that the Board includes at least four members with business experience, as well as a Chartered Accountant currently or formerly in public practice and the Chair or a representative of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee.

Roy Austin
Chairman, Cure Kids BCom, CA. Consultant to Northington Partners, Auckland

Barrie Campbell
Secretary/Treasurer, Cure Kids ACA. Consultant to BKR Walker Wayland, Auckland

Frances Benge
Chief Executive Officer, Cure Kids

Alaister Wall
Deputy Managing Director, Briscoe Group Limited

Don Jaine
LLB, RPA. Director, Seqel Group, Auckland

Geoff Fletcher
Company Director, former Managing Director of BMW Group New Zealand.

Professor Bob
Elliott MBBS, MD, FRACP, CNZM. Director LCT Global

Cure Kids Board Advisors

The Board also has the ability to co-opt Advisory Members as non-voting Board Directors. The current Board have co-opted the three Cure Kids Professorial Chairs as advisors.

Professor Stephen Robertson
Cure Kids Chair of Paediatric Genetics

Professor Ed Mitchell
Cure Kids Chair of Child Health Research

Professor Brian Darlow
Cure Kids Chair of Paediatric Research

Professor Sally Merry
Cure Kids Duke Family Chair of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Cure Kids medical and scientific advisory committee

The members of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (M&SAC) provide the Board with research grants management advice.

They draw on their considerable experience to assess applications on their ethical and scientific merit – safety – to conduct research into the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and ultimately the cure of serious health conditions and illnesses that affect children.

Dr Bruce Scoggins (Chair)
MAgrSc (Cant), PhD (Melbourne) Consultant, Auckland

Professor Brian Darlow
MA, MB, BChur, MD (Cambridge), FRCP, FRACP, FRCPCH, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. University of Otago, Christchurch

Professor Bob Elliot
MBBS MD FRACP CNZM. LCT GLOBAL. Auckland

Professor Alistair Gunn
MBChB, FRACP, PhD FRSNZ. Department of Physiology, University of Auckland

Professor Ed Mitchell
BSc, MB BS, DCH, FRACP, FRCPCH, DSc (MED), FRSNZ. Department of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Auckland

Professor Stephen Robertson
BMedSci, MBChB (OTAGO), FRACP, DPhil (OXFORD). Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Barry Taylor
MBChB (OTAGO), FRACP, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine. University of Otago, Dunedin

Professor Sally Merry
MBCHB, FRANZCP, MD. Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland

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