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Dr Emma Ellis 

(formerly Parry)


Dr Emma Parry is a Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with an expansive career that includes working on major projects with UNICEF in Bhutan and the Himalayas, and as recent Chair of Ascot Radiology. The opportunity to join the board of NZGCF was a natural fit for Emma as she’s passionate about governance and strategy within the healthcare sector and ensuring equitable healthcare for all wāhine. 

Jillian Friedlander


Jillian Friedlander is the Creative Director of the Friedlander Foundation, supporting The Arts, Youth Development & Medical pillars. She is Patron of both the Royal New Zealand Ballet Foundation and Auckland Philharmonia Women in Music and a Trustee of Great Potentials Foundation, a charitable trust for the promotion of education and parental support. She is also in partnership with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at Auckland University to advance the diagnosis and treatment of neurological movement disorders.

Faye Langdon


Faye is a strategic thinker and dynamic leader with a  unique  range of experiences across the business, community and government sectors in Aotearoa. Operating in a range of roles from project lead to start-up CEO she has led or helped establish NZ Centre for Social Innovation, Global Women, TupuToa and 21C Skills Lab. Faye serves as a trustee on Middlemore Foundation and TupuToa Trust. NZGCF aligns with Faye's passion for governance within the healthcare, business and government intersect to improve equitable support, access and care for our wāhine with gynaecological cancer.

Our board of trustees

Our medical advisory board

Dr Hinamaha Lutui

General Practitioner

Penny Bogunda


Oncology Nurse

Leena St Martin

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Ai Ling Tan

Gynaecological Oncologist


Dr Elaine White



Dr Helen Moore



For the love of women

Our vision is to educate, inform and support women with gynaecological cancer. 

We love women and we want all women to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Sadly in Aotearoa New Zealand, too many women are affected by 1 of the 5 gynaecological cancers: 

  • Cervical

  • Endometrial (Uterine)

  • Ovarian

  • Vaginal

  • Vulval

Who we are

Established in 2007, the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) works with women and health professionals across Aotearoa to raise awareness of gynae cancers.


We exist to inform and educate women about the symptoms of gynaecological cancers through public forums, information displays and open kōrero - because we know that early detection can save lives.


We also support women affected by gynaecological cancer at all stages through their journey.


The NZGCF receives no government funding and our work is only made possible by generous sponsors and supporters of our kaupapa and events.

Our history

The foundation was established in memory of Leonie Coates. 


Leonie desperately wanted to help other women and their whānau through education and awareness of the signs and symptoms of women's cancers, and to support others with the disease. 


Leonie's husband Allan gifted $10,000 from her estate and this funding along with sheer hard work and commitment of her daughters to honour her wishes, meant New Zealand women finally had their first dedicated Gynaecological Charity. 


Leonie is the reason the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation was established. 


It was her wish that assistance be available to women in her situation to enhance their quality of life, to share and to inform healthy women of their risks.

Our partners

The generosity of our dedicated sponsors, partners, funders and supporters helps us push for more awareness and education and for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support for those affected by gynaecological cancers.


We’re grateful to have strong relationships with caring companies that proudly ‘walk the talk’ of corporate social responsibility. They also help us by promoting our messages to customers, suppliers and staff in their own environment including social media.


We welcome ideas and approaches from prospective partners who wish to associate their brands with the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation.

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If you'd like to join our partners in supporting the work that we do, please get in touch here.

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