2017 Dental EXPO - South
Dental EXPO - South Register

Dental Expo is proud to support the following charities


Butterfly Trust is a New Zealand and Vanuatu registered charity seeking to improve the lives of  people in rural Vanuatu by enhancing better access to health and education. It is about helping the locals to help themselves, forging long term relationships and building capacity into the future.

One of our longer term projects  involves strengthening dental services and promoting preventative oral health education on Malekula, the second largest island in the Vanuatu archipelago. This project was established in 2013, stemming from requests by the locals for essential dental care and pain relief. The aim of the project is to gradually develop basic dental services from a primary base at one of the local health centres. This involves working in partnership with ni-Vanuatu dental practitioners and  volunteer dentists, dental therapists and dental assistants from New Zealand.  Every year, joint teams work hard at delivering basic dental care to remote villages and schools, involving community screenings and activities around oral health and hygiene.

The Trust depends on the work of volunteers with diverse skills and experience, and funds its projects through donations, fundraising activities and by collaborating with like-minded organisations . It works closely with the Vanuatu government under Memoranda of Understanding with both Ministries of Health and Education. 

The Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust last year celebrated 10 years since it opened its doors in Bishopdale, Christchurch, and has clocked up over 14,000 patient visits during that time.

Over those years the hospital has grown from a single day surgery unit in 2007 to a complex of three two storey buildings housing two theatres with recovery wards, consulting rooms, two oral surgery units, an endoscopy unit along with education and community meeting rooms.

The hospital’s free services include a wide range of surgical procedures (gynaecology, general surgery, orthopaedics, endoscopy, oral surgery), dentistry (for WINZ clients), and counselling (self referral).

To be eligible for free treatment, the patients have been turned down by the public health system, do not have medical insurance and do not have the means to pay for their treatment. They also need a GP referral.

The Charity Hospital’s services are completely free due to the tireless dedication of around 300 volunteer dentists, technicians, surgeons, nurses, anaesthetists, counsellors, administration and support staff who give up their time to help others.

The Trust does not receive any Government funding and relies on fundraising events, donations and bequests to raise the funds required to run its free services.

For more information or to donate please visit www.charityhospital.org.nz


SFTP was formed in late 2012, after a meeting at the NZDA conference between two like-minded dentists, Dr Jonathan Cole and Dr Mahendra Moopna.

They had a vision of creating an overseas aid program which was both sustainable and affective and involved utilizing a permanent site so that it could act as a training and treatment centre.

As well as treating patients, the local dental health professionals will be trained, up skilled and mentored.

Lautoka Dental Hospital, Fiji was chosen as a site for a number of reasons. Primarily, it needed to be in an area, which was easily accessible to an international airport so that overseas dental volunteers, mostly from Auckland, could access the destination easily via Nadi Airport.

The need for improved dental care, is clearly evident in Fiji and the area of Western Fiji is not so well catered for, as around Suva where they have Fiji National University [FNU] and most substantial medical and dental facilities.

Creating access and oral health equity, a friend of Kokorosa is an experienced designer, implementer and evaluator of ingenious oral health projects in remote villages on South Pacific Islands. These unique projects are community driven which create sustainable and improved oral health outcomes.

While implementing the 2017 National Oral Health Survey in the Torres Islands Group, the most Northern Islands in the archipelago of Vanuatu, a friend of Kokorosa noted most ni-Vanuatu had painfully lost most their natural dentition by early adult life. Extremely remote, with no access to oral health services, children and adults who live here do so in extreme discomfort.

Along with her other existing remote island projects, 2018 will see a friend of Kokorosa partner again with Rotary International, this time in Torres, with ni-Vanuatu led oral health education, high quality preventive and restorative treatments and ongoing training for their own people.