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

180,000
people are living with heart disease

That's one in twenty one 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]

$74m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1968

News & Stories

2 October 2019 in Media Releases

Using forensic science to help the heart and kidneys

Dr Moritz Lassé, Research Fellow with the Christchurch Heart Institute, a University of Otago Research Centre, has been awarded a Heart Foundation small project grant to help pick up kidney damage after heart failure.

23 September 2019 in Blogs

How you can make the most of spring

Spring is finally here. Why not the most of it by making some positive changes? From spending more time outside to eating fresh seasonal vegetables, there's lots you can do to embrace the new season.

14 October 2019 in Stories

Pacific health is wealth

From a young age, Chamilka Punchihewa knew she wanted to help people.