Coffee & Chat

Come along for a coffee & chat. There are a number of different groups that meet regularly around the country.

If you want to come along send us your details using the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly.
Most events are also advertised on our Facebook site and there are details of upcoming events below – it would be great to see you!

Christchurch Coffee Group Meeting
              Christchurch Coffee Group Meeting
Napier/Hawkes Bay Coffee Group
         Napier/Hawkes Bay Coffee Group Meeting
Bay of Plenty/Waikato Coffee Group
        Bay of Plenty/ Waikato Coffee Group Meeting
Auckland Coffee Group Meeting

    We currently have regular groups that meet in:
    AUCKLAND
    BAY OF PLENTY/WAIKATO
    NAPIER/ HAWKES BAY
    WELLINGTON
    CHRISTCHURCH
    NELSON AREA

    If there is not one in your area, get in contact using the form above we’ll make sure to help form one.

    Upcoming GBS Member Gatherings & Coffee Groups

    • AUCKLAND

      As Auckland is currently under Level 3 restrictions there is no scheduled Coffee Meeting for this quarter. Stay Safe.

      Please contact Eileen if you have any questions.

      Mobile: 021 113 3607

    • BAY OF PLENTY / WAIKATO

      CHRISTMAS GATHERING

      WHEN: Tuesday 16th November

      TIME:  10.30 onwards

      WHERE: Cafe Nineteen, Fairview Country Club, 34 Sharp Road, Aongatete, Katikati

      They have a lunch time a-la-carte menu, and cabinet food available.

      We will be having our usual Secret Santa fun so if you wish to partake please bring along a small gift in the $5-$10 range.

      Please let me know by  Thursday  11th November if you can make it .

      Meike: 07 86 73 163 or 027 325 03 69 or schmidtfarm@xtra.co.nz.

    • NAPIER / HAWKES BAY

    • CHRISTCHURCH

    • WELLINGTON AREA

      As our group is attended not only by GBSers but also coffee drinkers with chronic conditions, we have made the decision to restart our gatherings only under Level 1 conditions, at which time an email invitation will be sent out to all. As usual, the gathering will be at our home.

      Until then stay safe.

      Please contact Ansie if you have any questions.

      Email: louis.nortje@xtra.co.nz

      Cell: 027 332 8546

    • WAIKATO/ BAY OF PLENTY CYCLE GROUP

    • NELSON AREA

      REPORT FROM THE AUGUST GATHERING

      On a bright Sunday morning we met up at the Mitre 10 Café in Papanui – not an ideal venue as it turned out as most of Christchurch also seemed to be there but as we were only a relatively small group of 8 (actually 9 – our youngest attendee being 3 months old!) we managed well enough above the general hubbub of this popular venue. It was great to renew old acquaintances and see how friends had progressed with their recovery and perhaps more importantly to meet new members and hear about their journey with GBS and CIDP. Experiences varied from an overall satisfaction with both in-Hospital and follow up support and experiencing good Consultancy advice to a disparaging report on a total lack of aftercare/support from a recent GBS’er. Clearly much depends on location with more rural cases often at some disadvantage.

      We had some wide ranging discussions with a particular focus on the effects of Fatigue after exercise (in some cases very strenuous recreational sport) – we all recognised it as a bedfellow of our condition but there was a lot of variation of the duration of its debilitating effect on members of the group. The promised research, supported financially by the Group, to be carried out by a member of the MAB on ways of countering this millstone will be eagerly awaited by many of us.

      Thank you Yvonne and Sue for organising this most enjoyable get together. Tony