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

170,000
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]

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

29 September 2020 in Media Releases

Heart Foundation research grants top $78 million on World Heart Day

The Heart Foundation today announced $4.2 million dollars of funding for heart research and specialist training for New Zealand cardiologists, bringing the total awarded by the charity since its formation in 1968, to more than $78 million dollars.

6 October 2020 in Blogs

How to make lifestyle changes stick

Do you find it hard to stick to healthy habits? You're not alone. Find out what it takes to make lifestyle changes last, and what to do if you fall off track.

15 July 2020 in Stories

Heart Foundation’s Life-Saving gift for Maketu

Heart disease is the single biggest cause of death of New Zealanders. In a focus on Māori heart health this month, the Heart Foundation is calling for more resources to tackle heart disease in the Māori community.