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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 [1]

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 [2]

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

Many of these deaths are premature and preventable [2]

The Heart Foundation has invested into research since 1968

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News & Stories

10 November 2022 in Media Releases

Big hearts needed to help raise vital funds for life-saving heart research

Big-hearted volunteers will be out in full force in February 2023 as the Heart Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Heart Appeal, kicks off once again on streets across New Zealand.

16 November 2022 in Blogs

The power of social connection - your health depends on it!

We explore the impact of social connection on our wellbeing and share five easy ways to boost your social relationships – it’s easier than you think!

1 December 2022 in Stories

Exercise and volunteering keep the heart young

Rosemary Harris has more reason than most to volunteer as a collector for the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal in February 2023. Unfortunately, she knows first-hand what it’s like to suffer from a heart condition.