To mark #WorldMEDay, a number of councils around New Zealand are lighting up public landmarks in blue on Friday night, May 12th, 2023 – Press Release

Date: 12/05/2023
For immediate release

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling, chronic and complex disease affecting more than 20,000 New Zealanders.
The hallmark symptom of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM) – a worsening of symptoms after physical, mental, or emotional exertion. These episodes are sometimes referred to as “crashes,” and may last days, weeks, or permanently.
Visit to learn more about what it is like living with this
condition and increase your understanding of ME/CFS and Post-exertional malaise.

For more information about World ME Day and ME/CFS visit:

Thank you to these sites for shining a light for people affected by ME/CFS.

Waitaki District Council 

• Craig Fountain in the Oamaru Public Gardens

Ashburton District Council

• Clock Tower

Christchurch City Council

• New Brighton Pier

• Bowker fountain (Victoria Square)

• The Bridge of Remembrance

• Botanical Gardens (Curators House)

• Vaka A Hine (142 Worcester St)

• Scott Statue Plaza (Corner Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace)

Wellington City Council

• Michael Fowler Centre – crown

• The Albatross Fountain (Frank Kitts Park Boat Shed 8, The Lagoon)

• Hikitia Floating Crane (Taranaki St Wharf)

Tauranga City Council

• Wharf Street Lights

If you live near any of these landmarks and can take a photo of the landmark illuminated in blue, please share with us below, or by tagging or using the LearnFromMEnz hashtag when you post.

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