Get to know our team.

Kera Sherwood-O'Regan photographed by Jason Boberg. She has long brown hair, is wearing a pale shirt and pounamu, and is smiling slightly at the camera.

Kera Sherwood-O’Regan

Founder & Director

Kera was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2012, after many years of unexplained pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. While initially relieved to have an explanation, she was surprised to find virtually no support for people with the condition.

After having to quit her job due to her FM, and looking down the barrel of an intense study programme to become a doctor, she realised that if the support wasn’t there, she would have to create it herself.

She started FMNZ as a small website in 2014, with a goal to providing evidence-based advice and support, with a vision to one day offering a full range of support services.

Kera says that “Fibromyalgia is never easy, but I truly believe that with the right support, it is something that doesn’t have to hold us back from living a healthy and fulfilled life”. While she manages her condition with lifestyle alone, she supports others to find treatment programmes that work for their individual needs.

Christine Paul

Peer Facilitator

Christine is a Peer Facilitator for the Bay of Plenty region, being based in Kawerau. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in only 2017, but has also experienced chronic arthritis for almost eight years.

She is a mother of four, and grandmother to two Australian mokopuna. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is passionate about anything cognitive science, and mind related.

With the help of a specialised coach, she makes it to the gym and Waka Ama training three times per week each, as well as going on regular walks with her daughter. Her goal is to one day be able to represent New Zealand in Waka Ama.

Peer Facilitator

Currently Recruiting

We’re looking for more Peer Facilitators to run our support groups- could this be you?

We provide online training, and monthly support to ensure that you’re well equipped for each session, and we will provide logistical support to ensure that running sessions is a smooth and rewarding experience.

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Board Members

Currently Recruiting

We’re looking for two new Board Members who have a range of skills, from strategic planning and finance, to medical knowledge of Fibromyalgia or similar conditions. If this sounds like you, please get in touch at

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