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Prenatal alcohol exposure and lifelong impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Send a letter to your MP

We have an email template (in PDF format) which you can download, copy and paste into an email, edit as you wish, and send to your local MP. It asks them to advocate to Parliament on behalf of all people in their constituency whose lives are affected by FASD.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the letter.

Click here for a Google Doc of the letter, download, edit and send (instructions also on how to find your local MP included).

FASD Info Sheet

We’ve created a downloadable and printable information sheet for you to put up on notice boards in staffrooms, waiting rooms, community notice boards or anywhere else you can think of!

Click here to download.

(FASD) Awareness Day Webinar 2022

Anita Gibbs, Harsh Vardhan, Paula Penfold, Leigh Henderson, Tania Henderson, Janell Dymus-Kurei and Nicki Jackson.

Anita Gibbs from University of Otago, speaking about what needs to change for caregivers.

Harsh Vardhan from Te Whatu Ora, providing an update on FASD Action Plan.

Stuff Journalist Paula Penfold discussing FASD and the media.

Leigh Henderson, the chair of FASD-CAN talking about the year that was and what’s ahead for FASD.

Tania Henderson, an educator, talks about her project ‘Hapū Mama’ that delivers FASD-informed care and training to whānau and service providers.

Janell Dymus-Kurei of Hāpai te Hauora talking about Hīpokina ki te Korowai Aroha o te Whānau – Understanding the Experiences of FASD Whānau.

Nicki Jackson from Alcohol Healthwatch.


The number of people in New Zealand with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) may be grossly underestimated.

Health professionals, teachers and advocates for those with FASD, say gaps in research need to be addressed, to “better inform research and policy.” FASD is a lifelong neurodisability caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

The frontline workers told researchers from the University of Auckland and Hāpai te Hauora they wanted to see ‘’evidence-informed’’ intervention and treatment for people with FASD throughout their lives.

Bottled Shame

Every year up to 3000 Kiwi babies are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

It’s permanent brain damage caused by alcohol exposure in the womb. Although FASD causes serious learning, social and emotional problems, there is no government funding to support those living with it.

We meet the children and families who are in the middle of what experts call a crisis, needing urgent action.