Aphasia Association of New Zealand giving a voice to people with aphasia
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"Sometimes when it comes out... you know it sounds silly but it's out so there's nothing you can do about that once it goes out. You feel so silly, you just shut up and think, I won't say that in case the same thing's going to happen"



a·pha·sia (ay-faze-yuh) n. Partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury or disease.

The Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust is a national organisation and registered charity, providing services, support, education, information and advocacy for the estimated 16,000 New Zealanders living with aphasia.

Our aim is to assist people with aphasia, their families, extended whanau, and the wider community to communicate effectively and reduce the barriers faced by people with aphasia.

We offer a range of resources, information, education and training programs which can be tailored to your needs.

'Friends of AphasiaNZ' status is open to individuals, families, not-for-profit groups and organisations so please contact us as we welcome your interest and support.


To empower people with aphasia to participate in their own communities.


The Aphasia New Zealand (AphasiaNZ) Charitable Trust database contains the details you submit to us via our online registration form.

Aphasia Conferences

A successful conference was held in Wellington from the 6th-8th of November 2013.

Over 100 people attended including people with aphasia, their spouse and family, Speech-language Therapists, and other professionals and those working with people with aphasia.

Our international keynote speaker Dr. Miranda Rose from Melbourne, Australia was a highlight for many.

The 2015 conference will be held in Auckland on the 19th and 20th of November. Go here for more information.

New Zealand Stroke and Aphasia Handbook

The New Zealand Stroke and Aphasia Handbook is available at a cost of $35 per copy.  However, it is a free resource to people or groups who become 'Friends of AphasiaNZ'. Contact us today for more information.

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