About Us

Our Ambassadors

Maree Bowden

Maree is a disciplined mid-court netballer with extensive high-level experience, including nine years in the National Bank Cup, two years with NZA and two years with the Silver Ferns squad.

Called up to the Silver Ferns Squad in October 2006, Bowden made her on-court debut against Jamaica in July 2007. She added four test caps to her record in 2008, and filled the wing attack position for all four quarters of the Silver Ferns’ 61-22 defeat of England in Palmerston North.

Maree is a staunch advocate for a balanced lifestyle in improving the health of New Zealand women. She has a strong affinity for those women and their families who have battled breast cancer and is delighted to be an Ambassador for BCFNZ.

Urzila Carlson

South African born New Zealand citizen, comic Urzila Carlson, took to the stage for the first time in 2008 and has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including ‘Best Female Comedian’ at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 NZ Comedy Guild Awards and the coveted TV3 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD at the 2013 and 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Urzila has made numerous appearances internationally and New Zealand on shows such as `A Night at the Classic’, `The Comedy Christmas Cracker’ with Rhys Darby, AotearoHA!, Jono and Ben at Ten and tames the boys as a regular panellist for TV3’s hit show 7 Days. She is also the host for TV3’s Road Madness.

Urzila has sold out every single solo show that she has had in New Zealand since 2009.

Jackie Clarke

Jackie Clarke is the original jack-of-all-trades with her huge voice, personality and wicked sense of humour. Recent stage appearances include star turns in Mamma Mia, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Spelling Bee, A Christmas Carol, Mum’s The Word, The Underwatermelonman, Porgy and Bess, and Joseph. Jackie currently belts out tunes with The Lady Killers, High Wide and Handsome and the gospel choir, Jubilation and has made numerous television appearances.

“I’m proud to be an ambassador for BCFNZ I help out when and where I can because I know the education, advocacy, research and good old-fashioned caring support of women that BCFNZ offers, makes a real difference. I don’t know anyone unaffected by the toll breast cancer takes on New Zealanders; whether its yourself, a friend, a mum, a daughter, a cousin, a work mate or a partner, it’s a disease that continues to make its presence felt in devastating ways. But it’s beatable. We just have to keep working together to get the right messages out there.''

Jude Dobson

Some say Jude has the award for the longest serving ‘lifestyle’ presenter in the current media landscape, having debuted in 1989. If newsreader Judy Bailey is considered ‘the mother of the nation’, she is surely the aunt.

She moved from co – host, to anchor of a slew of TVNZ prime time lifestyle shows like Paradise Picture Show, Body and Soul, Open Home, Town and Country, and NZ Living. She went on to host her own eponymously named lifestyle show for five years, and set up her own production company in 2002.

She enjoys collaborating with interested parties to make good content that can truly make a difference to people’s daily lives and is an ambassador for the Young New Zealanders Foundation as well as BCFNZ.

Gemma Flynn

Black Sticks hockey player, Gemma Flynn, has joined Breast Cancer Foundation NZ as an ambassador, determined to help get the message about breast awareness out to Kiwi women after her own grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer twice in three years.

Flynn is from a large but close-knit family. “I’m very, very close to my nana – all her grandchildren are,” she said. “We spend a lot of time as a family together.” Her grandmother’s first diagnosis with breast cancer five years ago hit the family hard, and the second cancer, discovered two years ago, was an even bigger shock. “Nana is the rock of our family, so her getting sick was a really big deal for us all.”

Her grandmother was successfully treated and is now in good health – but Flynn is aware that many women aren’t so lucky. “I came on board with Breast Cancer Foundation NZ because of the work they’re doing to educate women about the need to be proactive about breast health, and the support and information they offer women who’ve been diagnosed.”

Margaret Foster

Margaret Foster MNZM is a New Zealand netball coach and former Silver Ferns player. Foster played seven international matches from 1994-2001. She played domestic netball in the National Bank Cup for the Canterbury Flames, playing in 1998, 1999 and 2001; she also coached the team in 2000 and from 2002-2007.

After the National Bank Cup was replaced by the ANZ Championship in April 2008, Foster was replaced as coach of the Christchurch-based Canterbury franchise by Helen Mahon-Stroud. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 but signed up as assistant coach of the Southern Steel in 2009.

She has drawn on the skills learned as a professional coach and applied them to her fight with breast cancer. Margaret Foster wants to encourage other cancer sufferers, giving them hope, faith and a sense of purpose. In 2009, Margaret was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to netball.

Liz Mitchell

Fusing timeless glamour with a strong modern edge, Liz Mitchell is one of New Zealand’s leading couture and ready to wear designers. In 2005 Liz was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the fashion industry.

Her garments are on display at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, and have been worn at previous Academy Award ceremonies by Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar winner Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop).

Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and has been an outspoken advocate of improved access to new treatments.

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison has worked in radio and television for twenty years. She has worked behind and in front the scenes in various capacities, sometimes presenting television, sometimes directing; on the radio and producing it. The range of TV shows she has been involved with offered opportunities to support causes close to her heart.

She is on the NZ Family Planning Council and has worked with various organisations, particularly those aiding youth, Maori health, and women.

Stacey’s mother Sue always encouraged her to take the chance to raise awareness about breast cancer, right until she passed away at age 45, in 2002.Sue remains Stacey’s inspiration both as an advocate, and in her most treasured roles, as a mother to three young (and full on!) children, and wife to Scotty.

Jacquie Nairn

Jacquie is an actress whose career has had her treading the theatre boards in London and New Zealand, but for the last four years, she has been in our living rooms every weeknight on the country’s favourite soap, Shortland Street.

Jacquie doesn’t have a personal or family history of breast cancer. But as she sees it, she is a woman and is therefore at risk.

She is committed to encouraging and inspiring women to take responsibility for their breast health by choosing to be proactive while they are healthy and well. To promote the vital importance of checking your breasts and getting regular mammograms. To have the peace of mind that comes from knowing in your heart that you are doing everything in your power to keep yourself healthy. That your personal vigilance will ensure that anything discovered will be dealt with in its earliest stages – which is our best possible weapon against breast cancer.

Lorna Subritzky

Lorna Subritzky has spent three decades working in the media, with various roles as a copywriter, sales director and newsroom manager. In later years though, she’s found her niche as a presenter, both in front of the camera and behind the microphone.

Currently Lorna juggles two radio roles: helping commuters in the main centres negotiate the morning traffic jams via her TimeSaver Traffic reports on various stations; then keeping the nation company between 10 and 3 as the daytime host on popular station Coast.

In late 2015, Lorna was diagnosed with high-grade DCIS. She underwent a partial mastectomy a few days before Christmas, which was followed by a course of radiotherapy.

Anne Thorp

Anne is of Ngati Awa and Ngai te Rangi descent and is an acclaimed chef. She published a gorgeous cook book ‘KAI ORA’ in 2009 and her TV programme of the same name has played on TV1 and the Sky network . KAI ORA promotes delicious healthy food as a recipe for a healthy body.

As a breast cancer survivor, Anne has a very personal motivation to help educate and excite others with her food. She works to ensure the food she creates reflects the very best health possible without losing any of her creative flair. Anne will be a real asset promoting healthy lifestyle and other risk reduction factors for breast cancer.