News and Events

NZ ADHD Awareness Day (30 Oct, 2016)

The ADHD Association invites you to attend the ADHD Awareness Day on 30th October. This is a first-of-its-kind chance for the ADHD Community and others who are interested to join together to spread the facts, rebut the myths, and provide insight and opportunity to children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in New Zealand.

Get current insights on ADHD from experts in various fields, including education, clinical psychology, cognitive research and nutrition. Also learn from New Zealand’s own ‘Wildboy’ on how his ADHD drives him to be the best he can be.

Check out the ADHD Awareness Day website and workshops by clicking here.


Brain Day 2016 - Auckland University (March, 2016)

The NZ ADHD Association will be represented at Brain Day 2016, held at the University of Auckland’s Tāmaki Campus, 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, on Saturday 12th March 9 am – 3 pm.

Brain Day 2016 will include science displays, community groups, activities for children, panel discussions and presentations about movement neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, stroke in young adults, brain injury, choral singing, gavel clubs and poi for people with neurological conditions and much more!

During the following week, which is Brain Awareness Week 2016, there will be panel discussions in the Auckland Gramamar School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (15-17 March) on the topics of The Young Brain (Tuesday), The Creative Brain (Wednesday) and Changing your Brain (Thursday).

Click here for more information


ADHD Association Summer BBQ (Feb, 2016)

Thanks to everyone who came along to our summer BBQ at Cornwall Park this month. It was lovely to catch-up, meet new faces and enjoy a fun and relaxing afternoon together. We look forward to doing it again next year!


ADHD Association Submission to Parliamentary Select Committee (Dec, 2015)

The ADHD Association recently spoke to our submission to Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee in response to the Inquiry into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools.

As the description of the enquiry suggests, it did not originally include ADHD in its scope. We felt that it should, given that ADHD not only presents a significant challenge to those it affects, but also that it is almost certainly far more common than the conditions already included.

Our submission, available by clicking here, was heavily informed by a member survey we recently undertook. We strongly argued the need for increased funding for Special Education, including for the provision of more qualified teachers aides, and greater coverage of special education needs in teacher training. The submission also called for Individual Education Plans to become mandatory, and for there to be better coordination between Ministries of Health and Education.

Earlier submissions mentioned teacher training, early assessment etc., however we were asked particularly about the use of medication, the impact of the new open plan classrooms, and issues raised in our recent survey.

We were also represented by The Cube, who submitted on behalf of the Invisible Disabilities Collective, of which we are a member. This group spoke strongly and presented postcards representing a range of individual student stories for the MP’s to take away.

The Committee were receptive and supportive, and we are hopeful that they will translate our feedback into some effective policies in early childhood, primary, and secondary education.


ADHD Research (May, 2015)

The Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury is currently running a study testing a broad-spectrum vitamin-mineral formula to treat ADHD in children. If you have a child 8-12 years with ADHD symptoms (an existing diagnosis is not required) and are interested in taking part, see the website for further information and to register interest: Or contact Kathryn Darling 03-3642987 ext 7705 or

Julia Rucklidge, PhD, CPsych, FNZPsS
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychologist
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury


Pinebark ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd (ENZO) 

Who would have thought that pine bark could hold so much promise for our health?

ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd (ENZO) is a New Zealand company that produces an extract from pine bark called Enzogenol. This is a health food/supplement that was discovered by Canterbury University around 1997. A research team at the University discovered that they could extract a mixture of plant compounds, known as flavonoids, from the bark of the Radiata pines that are grown for the timber industry all over NZ, and that this flavonoid mixture had exceptionally high anti-oxidant activity. ENZO then picked up this discovery recognizing that this pine bark extract could make a very good natural health product.

In 2008, the Brain Sciences Institute of Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, published a study that showed how Enzogenol can improve cognitive performance, including concentration and decision making in complex brain test.1 Previous research on pine bark extract from Europe had shown promise in supporting improved attention and behaviour in kids with ADHD.2

Dr. Leila Masson a consultant paediatrician in Auckland, NZ, specialising in biomedical approach to improve children’s attention and behaviour recommends the product to her clients: “Enzogenol is a safe and effective nutritional for children with hyperactivity and problems concentrating. I have noticed improvements within a few weeks of starting this potent antioxidant. Parents and teachers consistently report that the children are calmer and more focused. I recommend a trial of Enzogenol for any child with attention and behaviour issues.” Adults with ADHD have also reported benefits of improved brain functioning with increased concentration.

ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd has now come on board as a sponsor of the Hyper Express newsletter for the ADHD Association and Unique Families.