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Supporting people with migraine disease in Aotearoa New Zealand

Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand is the only registered migraine charity in New Zealand supporting people living with migraine

Migraine disease is a debilitating neurological condition. An estimated 642,000 people live with migraine in New Zealand. It’s more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and stroke combined, however migraine is misunderstood, under-diagnosed, under-treated and under-researched.

People with migraine living in Aotearoa have limited access to migraine support, specialised care and treatment and migraine-specific medications.

Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand provides a collective voice for people in New Zealand living with this invisible and disabling condition.

Upcoming meetups – Christchurch, Levin and Hamilton

During May and June 2023 we're hosting some in-person meetups. We'd love for you to join us and chat with other people with migraine over a cup of tea or coffee. As always, drinks are on us.


When: Saturday 27 May 2023, 2pm
Where: Ballantynes Downstairs cafe, Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City


When: Sunday 11 June 2023, 1pm
Where: The George Cafe, Speldhurst Country Estate, 70 Kimberley Road, Levin


When: Sunday 25 June 2023 2pm
Where: Coffee Culture, 70 Boundary Road, Hamilton

If you'd like to attend any of our meetups, please RSVP:

Migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand Survey 2022

In 2022, we undertook the first online survey of people with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand. We received 579 responses. Following removal of incomplete responses and those unlikely to have migraine, we had 530 responses for analysis.

The aim of the survey was to collect data on chronic migraine, medication overuse, types of medications used, non-medication treatments used, impact of migraine on work, access to and experience of health services, stigma and more.

Analysed by our researcher and epidemiologist, our key insight reports summarise the findings and offer much-needed research and insight into the lived experience of people with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand

Help get Emgality funded in New Zealand

People with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand deserve funded access to preventive medications that are safe and effective.

Help support our application to Pharmac for Emgality funding and raise awareness of the impact migraine has for individuals, whānau and society.

Your voice can make all the difference. 

Our vision

To minimise the health, economic and social burden of migraine disease in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our mission

To raise awareness of the impact of migraine disease and support people living with migraine in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand is led by volunteers passionate about improving the migraine landscape in Aotearoa

Living with migraine disease can be challenging. Those of us with migraine know that it’s more than just a headache. Migraine is a whole body disease that affects everyone differently.

It can feel isolating, yet in New Zealand there are hundreds of thousands of people living with migraine.

Members of the Migraine Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand community share their stories about living with migraine and how there’s hope, even when some days it can feel like a struggle.

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