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Osteoarthritis Programme

At Active+ we understand that living with Osteoarthritis (OA) in your hip or knee can sometimes be a struggle and have a large impact on your day-to-day life. We have created a seven week free programme, which brings New Zealander’s like you together, to teach you how to manage your OA and get you back doing the activities you love.

The programme is a combination of education and exercise delivered by a team of experts who will work closely with you and a group of others. You will learn about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, pain management and the safe use of medication.

How do I get on the Active+  MAP OA Hip & Knee Programme?

If you are interested in the Active+  MAP OA Hip & Knee Programme, you are able to self-refer yourself and we can then be in touch and check for your eligibility - please email us at or give us a call on 09 630 4035. Your GP or physiotherapist can also refer you in to the program, click below for the referral forms.

Active+ Hip/Knee Referral Form EDITABLE

Active+ Hip/Knee Referral Form PRINT

Your referrer can then send the completed referral form to us at via HealthLink to Active+ (edi: activepl) or attach it and email through to us on .

What experts will I see?

You will participate in three hours a week for seven weeks with a team of experts:

Where is the programme taking place?

The programme is run in Counties Manukau at the following locations:

Location Time
Mangere - Moana Nui a Kiwa Mon 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  Thu 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Papakura - CLM Leisure Centre Tue 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Thu 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Pukekohe - Franklin Leisure Centre Tue 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Thu 12:00pm - 2:00pm
East Tamaki - Active+ Highbrook Tue 8:30am - 9:30am
  Thu 8:30am - 10:30am 
East Tamaki - Otara Mall Tue 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  Thu 3:30pm - 5:30pm

For those in the Howick area, there is a daytime five week course run by the East Health Trust that will run at the Howick Leisure Centre from 2:00pm - 3:00pm for one hour a week. This programme is available for people living in Howick, Pakuranga, Botany, Maraetai, Beachlands and Clevedon. Note this programme is one hour a week for five weeks, as opposed to three hours a week for seven weeks.


How do I get on the Howick East Health Trust Course?

To get on this programme you can be referred by your local GP, here is the referral form that can be downloaded.

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the programme please don’t hesitate to email us on

Here is an interesting article published by the NZ Listener (April 30 - May 6 2016) "Surgeons Secrets: Getting Better Naturally" on why operations are not always the best option for your knee.