Our Approach

Our work aligns with the World Health Organisation’s global hepatitis strategy.

To eliminate Hep C in Aotearoa New Zealand we need to:

The Hep C Butterfly –
a symbol for hep C elimination

Hep C Action Aotearoa promotes the use of the butterfly symbol to bring coherence to awareness raising both nationally and globally. We expect it will become recognised and used widely across health and community sectors, as a free and effective brand to add to campaigns. It has been widely endorsed and is in use in a variety of campaigns, conferences and events throughout the world.

The butterfly works in the fight against stigma by attracting attention, starting conversations, symbolising the transformation towards good health and a fresh start.

The butterfly is intended for global use by anyone working in the broad field of hepatitis C elimination. There is no cost to use the symbol and the copyright has been assigned to the public domain. PLEASE USE IT- HELP YOURSELF! It can be hosted on any website.

The symbol itself came from the imagination of Native American artist Marty2Bulls Snr, commissioned from a concept by Dr. James Freeman.

Free download here.


Ways to Help

Get Tested

Ask your GP for a test

Spread the Word

Encourage people to Get Tested, Get Treated and Get Cured!

Adopt the Butterfly

Confront the stigma and use this positive symbol

The Team

"Now that there is a cure my advocacy is about bringing the virus into the light and out of the dark." Hazel Heal, Patient Advocate speaks to Braveheart Christchurch.

Hep C Action Aotearoa led by hep C survivor Hazel Heal. We are a small group of passionate patient survivors, medical professionals and not for profit specialists.

Latest News

The News is all Good about Hepatitis C

I am a human rights lawyer from New Zealand, recently admitted to the bar. It took me until my fifties to achieve this because I lived my whole adult life under the fog of hepatitis C (hep C).

This is the first time since penicillin we have the opportunity to eliminate a global top 5 infectious disease. Globally over 80 million people have hepatitis C. In New Zealand over 50,000 have the virus, with 50% unaware they are infected. This outnumbers HIV infections 40:1. Left untreated chronic hepatitis C places enormous demands on the individual, their family and the health system.