Cleft New Zealand | Te Manatōpū Ngutu Riwha o Aotearoa

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Looking for medical help? Call your cleft co-ordinator now:

If you have a Medical Emergency please call 111

Auckland Cleft Unit – Megan Sanders, Middlemore Hospital – 09 276 0044 xtn 58922

Waikato Cleft Unit – Paulette Archer, Waikato Hospital – 07 839 8899 xtn 95833

Wellington Cleft Unit – Heather Leslie and Pauline Emmens, Hutt Hospital – Please contact Pauline in the first instance on (04) 570-9540

Christchurch Cleft Unit – Michelle Shand, Cleft Nurse Coordinator, Christchurch Hospital – 03 364 1974 xtn 81974 (part time position; messages will be responded to as soon as possible).

Dunedin Cleft Unit – Contact ENT Department, Dunedin Hospital – 03 470 9871

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Not sure who your co-ordinator is? Call Cleft NZ on 0800 425 338

Further contact details for cleft co-ordinators are available on the Cleft Unit page.


Cleft New Zealand | Te Manatōpū Ngutu Riwha o Aotearoa

A community for all groups interested in the outcomes for people born with a cleft.  We have the passion, information and contacts to offer you

  • Emotional support
  • Accurate, up-to-date information
  • Links to like minded people
  • Community opportunities to share experience
  • Access to the information and advice you require

If you are a young person born with cleft, an adult, a parent or family member or a professional working in the field – Cleft NZ is for you.

You’ll find all the practical information you need as new parents, children, teens, adults or professionals on this website, but most importantly you’ll feel that sense of belonging, of being part of a larger community who cares about you and your family.

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