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

2 October 2018 in Media Releases

New review says quality carbs still important for healthy hearts

The Heart Foundation’s new Whole grains and the heart evidence paper confirms that eating whole grain foods can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30%.

19 September 2018 in Blogs

Six tips to eat more whole grains

With the popularity of low-carb diets on the rise, you may be more confused than ever. Can whole grains still be eaten as part of a heart-healthy diet?

10 October 2018 in Stories

The lasting impact of cardiologist’s international experience

Cardiologist Dr Chris Nunn credits the Heart Foundation for allowing him to gain the international experience he needed to establish a groundbreaking interventional angioplasty programme.