About Us

Vision & Mission

Vision – “that children with arthritis and their families live life to the full” 

Mission – “Improving the lives of New Zealand children with arthritis and their families through support, encouragement, and education, to enable them to step confidently into the future”

Trust Board Members

The Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust was established and registered as a New Zealand charity in March 2020. By becoming a registered charity the community will see us as an equal to our peer organisations in New Zealand that support children with other health challenges.

Honorary Life Friends

The Trust Deed of the Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust provides for the Trustees to appoint people as ‘Honorary Life Friends’ of the Trust in recognition of their outstanding service to the Trust.


Our beginnings go back to 1996 when Kristin Kennedy and Rhonda Butler from Auckland started a support group called ‘The Joint Connection’ with help from the former Auckland Division of Arthritis New Zealand.
Karen Derrick and Maureen Purdom took over the running of the group in 2001. At that time the name was changed to ‘Kids With Arthritis’. Maureen sadly passed away in 2005. Bruce Purdom and Phil Donnelly then joined Karen Derrick as joint co-ordinators of the group. Support was provided predominantly to North Island families.