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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

Volunteer for the Heart Foundation's biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Heart Appeal street collection. Gift 2 hours of your time on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February to help raise funds for vital life-saving heart research.

Volunteer for the Big Heart Appeal 2023


Heart disease can happen to anyone, anytime, even someone you love.

Sign up today as a volunteer street collector and help us raise funds for life-saving heart research.


Sign up now to volunteer

News & Stories

25 January 2023 in Stories

Heart murmur becomes heart attack for keen volunteer

Rose Williamson was born with a heart murmur and has held the Heart Foundation close to her heart all her life.

16 January 2023 in Blogs

Five tips to make new habits stick

The New Year is an ideal time to pause, reflect and prepare for the year ahead. We’ve looked at the latest science around what it takes to build long-lasting healthier habits. Follow our tips and strategies to help you rewire your brain and make new habits that stick.

12 January 2023 in Stories

Support your heart, support your family

Jenny Goss has volunteered for the Heart Foundation Big Heart Appeal street collection for twenty years, an event that is extremely close to Jenny’s heart. She has seen just how impactful the Heart Foundation’s work is after experiencing her own heart problems two years ago.