Our mission: to STOP New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease and HELP people with heart disease to live full and productive lives

172,000
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]

$57m
Amount the Heart Foundation has donated to research since 1967

News & Stories

13 October 2017 in Media Releases

Heart Foundation teams up with St John for Restart A Heart Day

St John knows that bystanders having the confidence to take action when a person is in cardiac arrest can be the difference between a life saved or a life lost. Early intervention can increase a person’s survivability by more than 50 per cent.

29 September 2017 in Blogs

Is going vegetarian healthier?

With World Vegetarian Day on 01 October – it was time for our nutrition experts to have a go at trialling another dietary approach. Surely going meat-free couldn’t be too difficult? Or could it!

12 October 2017 in Stories

Open heart surgery prompts support

When the Heart Foundation held its Annual Appeal during February 2017, thousands of volunteers took to the streets nationwide to help raise funds for the charity.