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A Legacy of Awareness

Wellingtonian businesswoman Julie Vaughan will be forever grateful to her late friend Polly who, after she was diagnosed with melanoma, insisted all her friends get their skin checked. Sadly, Polly passed away in 2020, but it was Polly's insistence that led to Julie's...

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Melanoma Mythbusting

As a young Māori woman, Briar Avatea never thought melanoma was something she had to worry about, especially because her mother always made her wear sunscreen as a child, and she recalled getting sunburnt only once or twice in her 20s. So, when the 33-year-old got a...

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March 2024 Newsletter – Spot News

In this issue of Spot News March 2024, discover inspiring stories from three melanoma patients advocating for regular skin checks and sun safety. Get updates from the Melanoma New Zealand team and learn about new organisations who have committed to supporting our cause.

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Summitting in Support

For the past six months, Hamilton electrician Mike Ridderhof has been regularly hiking up the picturesque Hakarimata Summit in Ngāruawāhia to prepare for a fundraising challenge held last month to honour the seventh anniversary of his nephew's passing from melanoma....

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Chance Check Leads To Diagnosis

Julia Robertson made a special effort to come to our Fieldays site this year to explain if she had not visited us at the 2022 Fieldays, she probably would not have done anything about a spot on her face, which has since been diagnosed as melanoma.

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Melanoma New Zealand Fundraiser – Gibbs Farm

Join us on Friday, 14 November, at the celebrated Gibbs Farm – an expansive open-air sculpture park in the beautiful Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. It houses the country’s greatest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures, with works by some of the world’s most renowned artists, including Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor and Richard Serra.

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