Our Team


Andrea Hawkless

NZEADT Founder

Andrea Hawkless had a son with severe Epilepsy And heard that assist dogs were being used to help people in USA and England.

She visited Support Dogs in England and proceeded to look into starting something similar in New Zealand.

The process began in 2000 and by 2009 a Trust had been formed, funding applications organised and with the help of a dedicated Board and Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Walker (Neurologist)  and trainer Leone Ward, we became the third country in the world to have such an organisation.

Our Trainers

We have trainers throughout New Zealand who help us with placement and training of our dogs

Administrator / Board Member

Jan McEwen – Auckland


Leone Ward – Wanaka

Our Organisation -Trust Board Members

Mrs Andrea Hawkless – Founder

Doctor Elizabeth Walker – Chair

Dr Mary Valintine – Consultant Vet

Mr Stephen Stafford-Bush – Treasurer

Mr Michael Kyriak

Mr Frank Koszegi

Ms Jan McEwen