The Cancer Society would like to thank for their reviews, advice and contributions:

Dr Birgit Dijkstra

Breast Surgeon, Department of Surgery, Christchurch Hospital

Dr Carol Johnson

Radiation Oncologist, Blood and Cancer Centre, Wellington Hospital

Professor Bridget Robinson

Medical Oncology Service, Christchurch Hospital and School of Medicine in Christchurch

Associate Professor Chris Atkinson

Oncologist, St George’s Hospital, Christchurch and the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Medical Director

Meg Biggs, Julie Holt, and Michelle Gundersen-Reid

Cancer Society Information Nurse

Sarah Stacy-Baynes

Information Manager

Samoan Translators and Reviewers:

Dr Tupu Ioane-Cleverley

Medical Doctor, Wellington Hospital

Elaine Ete-Rasch

Nurse Lecturer, Bachelor of Nursing Pacific, Whitireia, Wellington

Inspirational messages provided by Fereni Ete (faletua o le toeaina penisiona fa’amalolo—wife of Retired Reverend Elder Risatisone Ete), Head of Early Childhood Programmes, PacificTraining Institute

Special thanks to P.A.C. I.F.I.C.A Wellington Central Branch’s Mele Wendt, Annie Roberts, and Maureen Tukaroa-Betham for their valuable contributions towards the development of the booklet

The Cancer Society thanks P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A Wellington Central Branch for their generous financial donation towards the development and launch of this booklet

Thanks to spacific pr Ltd for their help with coordination

We also thank the women and their families who have experienced cancer, who told their stories, reviewed editions, and offered many valuable suggestions

The Cancer Society would like to thank the volunteers and the staff at the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, and the women who kindly agreed to be photographed for our booklet

Thanks to the following people for a lowing the Society to take photos of their shop interiors:

Heather Shaw at Naturalwear, 5 Riddiford St

Newtown, Wellington

Merieni Tapuimatagi-Hunkin at Merieni, 8 Cobham Court, Shop 1, Porirua, Wellington

Ray and Aymie David at Divine Speciality Tea House, Shop 119, North City Shopping Centre, Porirua


The cover photo of a tuelia flower (wild ginger) was taken by Quang-Tuan Luong of QT Luong/terra alleria com.

Photographs in the booklet were taken by Nicole Freeman of Nicole Freeman Photography

Booklet design by Moxie Communications ltd