Clown Doctors New Zealand

We bring JOY & LAUGHTER to the children in hospitals, LIFT the SPIRITS of people in need and contribute to making our society more HEARTFELT & HUMOROUS  

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Our Trust

The Clown Doctors New Zealand Charitable Trust was established on July 24th 2009 and is an artistic organisation with a social responsibility.  We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of performance and service to the community on an ongoing basis – free of charge for hospitals.

All trustees, management and the artists are committed and engaged in a wide range of permanent activities in order to achieve the following objectives: 

- To promote the use of laughter as an aid in various circumstances

- To motivate, give psychological support and promote the care and complement the therapy of the sick or suffering in clinics and hospitals.

- To encourage imagination, creativity, talent, learning, communication and the joy of life among children, adults, senior citizens and the disabled, especially those who are ill or in need.

- When requested from hospital staff and if appropriate, we are happy to encourage or distract patients and help them to feel more comfortable during unpleasant treatments or procedures.

- To provide information on the healing power of laughter and a positive and cheerful attitude to life, under all circumstances, especially during illness and in crisis or other difficult situations.

- To promote and research the use of humour, especially in the form of artistic and entertaining performances, as an enhancement to therapy during the recovery process. 


Our Board of Trustees

The following enthusiastic team contributes their precious time, provides task oriented guidance and governance, as well as implementing their vast experience and professional skills to support our charity: 

Mike Kitto                       Lawyer, with an Honours degree in clinical psychology (Chair, Clown Doctors NZ) 

Prof Thomas Petschner Health Scientist, Artist, Founder & CEO, International Institute for Medical Clowning (Steinbeis University Berlin)

Shaun Gilmore               Entrepreneur, Showbiz

Colleen Clapshaw                 Chartered Accountant

Jude Bishop                   Performer & Puppeteer, Drama Tutor, HELP Presenter for preschool safety programme on sexual abuse

Nick Burns Enterpreneur    

One of the most crucial elements when establishing our trust back in 2009 was literally a matter of  trust. We are very grateful to the following people who believed in the Clown Doctors cause and were brave enough to support those first steps before we were able to run and move forward.


















Thanks again, for the great effort and the teamwork that made the visions of the Clown Doctors in New Zealand become reality.

Annual Report

Please note that we are in the process of re-programming our website and that’s the reason why, despite our commitment to transparency, some of the documents are not accessible yet. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. All our audited reports are available at the charities commission website. Thank you for your understanding.

1 st   Annual Report  1 July 2009 – 30 June 2010

2 nd  Annual Report  1 July 2010 – 30 June 2011

3 rd   Annual Report  1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012             

4 th   Annual Report  1 July 2012 – 30 June 2013 

5 th   Annual Report  1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014 

6 th   Annual Report  1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015 

For further information and details such as: trust deed, registration as a charitable trust, certificate of Incorporation or IRD donee status please visit:?

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