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

people are living with heart disease

That's more than one in 23 adults [2]

1 in 3
Almost 1 in 3 deaths in NZ 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]

The Heart Foundation has invested into research since 1968

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Make the right call


If you or someone else experience
the symptoms of a heart attack,
make the right call.

Call 111 immediately.


Learn about heart attack warning signs

News & Stories

19 July 2022 in Media Releases

Jumping June a huge success

Partnering with the Heart Foundation, School Fun Run NZ launched Jumping June, a school-based skipping event that engages schoolchildren to get active, have fun and learn about their heart health.

17 August 2022 in Blogs

Q&A with our food and nutrition experts

We know nutrition can be confusing. Our experts answer your common food and nutrition questions with evidence-based advice.

14 July 2022 in Stories

Research looks at treatment strategy to prevent heart failure

A 2020 Heart Foundation-funded research project investigating a new treatment strategy for heart failure patients is showing exciting early results. Now we’re funding a new project to see if the same strategy could be used to prevent people going into heart failure in the first place.