Meet The Support Team


The Kidney Kids team is a group of individuals passionate about providing support to children, young people, and their families experiencing the difficulties of kidney disease.  Support needs vary from family to family and our team strives to provide appropriate support where needed.


Although our team is based in Auckland, we travel nationwide to meet with our kidney kids and their families.


Rachel Barrett – National Manager Support Services

Mobile: 021 126 0054
Email:  [email protected]


Rachel has a nursing background with extensive experience working within the renal area for the past ten years. As a trained nurse she will offer education, support, advocacy, and awareness, both with Kidney Kid families and communities throughout New Zealand.


Rachel Sherman – Family Support Co-ordinator


Phone: 0800 215 437
Email:  [email protected]


I am proud to be a part of a great team of hard-working dedicated people who are supporting families and children with Kidney disorders. I have a family myself and have 2 teenage children. My passion has always been working with people. I worked previously for The Living Kidney Donor Program a Charity based in Sydney and have worked in Aged Care. Both roles were extremely fulfilling. I was lucky enough to visit camp KeeWee in 2019 and meet some of our families and see first-hand the children laughing, smiling, chatting and having a wonderful time meeting new friends and experiencing new activities. I really look forward to getting to know our families better.


Ben Fonua – Family Support Youth Navigator


Phone: 021 0241 5620
Email:  [email protected]


I have worked professionally in education and volunteered in youth organisations for over ten years. My experiences and recent MBA degree will enhance my role as a youth navigator for Kidney Kids. Children with kidney disease are faced with a myriad of challenges. As the youth navigator, I will endeavour to mentor, counsel, and support every child and their family as they transition into adulthood. Achieving autonomous self-management of their healthcare is our main objective. We will fulfill this with assessments and implementing relevant resources to meet each kidney kids’s need.


Thanks for making a real difference with your generous support, may your kindness come back to you in many wonderful ways!