Our mission: to stop all people in New Zealand dying prematurely from heart disease and enable people with heart disease to live full lives

186,000
people are living with heart disease

That's one in twenty adults [2]

33%
of deaths annually are caused by cardiovascular disease

It is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease [1]

90 mins
Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [1]

$70m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

News & Stories

30 January 2019 in Media Releases

New resources available for food teachers

Food and nutrition/technology classes at schools around New Zealand can now access an exciting range of resources that are available online through the Heart Foundation.

24 January 2019 in Blogs

Healthy habits for kids

Before you know it, the kids will be back in school and the holidays will be over. The new school term is fast approaching.

31 January 2019 in Stories

Routine appointment ends in open heart surgery

When Colleen Dolan saw a doctor for knee pain, asthma, and a touch of indigestion, she did not expect to undergo open-heart surgery – she’s sharing her story to raise awareness of what heart disease can look like.