We are here to support people with cancer and their whānau across Tairāwhiti. We are part of the Central Districts Division of the Cancer Society.

Central Districts (Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne) COVID Level 2 information

All Cancer Society offices are open under Level 2. 

Driving Services

  • Available via volunteer drivers.
  • Shuttle services (Taranaki and Hawkes Bay) are operating.
  • All transport services are operating with strict adherence to contact tracing, social distancing, and maintaining high levels of hygiene, wearing a face mask, as per Alert Level guidelines 

Supportive Care  

  • Supportive Care  will be conducted by phone/remotely and face to face.
  •  Face to face meetings conducted with strict adherence to contact tracing, social distancing and maintaining high levels of hygiene as per Alert Level guidelines. Masks must be worn.
  • Funding is available for external counsellor

  •  Support groups remain suspended. 

What we do

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in New Zealand. As we grow older the likelihood of developing cancer increases.

Each year in Tairāwhiti there are over 250 people diagnosed with cancer.  Every day at the Cancer Society we help all people with any cancer, their whānau and friends to deal with a cancer diagnosis.

We advocate for cancer patients, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer prevention, screening, early detection and treatment. We support people during treatment and beyond. 

We do this through a wide range of core services in supportive care and information and helping to connect people. We develop and run community health promotion and cancer prevention programmes to keep people well.

Supportive care

We provide a range of free support services for people with cancer and their whānau/caregivers. We help get people through their cancer diagnosis and support them beyond treatment.

  • General cancer support – we walk alongside, providing one-on-one support, patient advocacy and advice, tailored to the needs of the patient and whānau.
  • Resources – we have a wide range of resources, written in plain English for patients and whānau.
  • Support groups.
  • Transport  to cancer treatment.
  • Emergency financial assistance via grants.
  • Oncology massage
  • Breast prosthesis service.
  • Counselling.
  • Referrals to Look Good Feel Better workshops.
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Cancer helpline

We know that going through cancer is tough and can raise many questions. We want you to know that we’re here for you.

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Need transport to treatment?

We have a dedicated team of volunteers to drive you to treatments when your whānau and friends aren't available.

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Accommodation options

We aim to provide you with a home away from home so you can focus on your treatment.

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Referral form for Health Professionals

Our services are available to anyone diagnosed with cancer, family/whānau. Please use this form if you would like to use our services or refer someone else to our services.

If you or a member of your whānau have received a cancer diagnosis, you can just ring us on 0800 226 237. You don't need to be referred by a health professional.
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Quick links to all our offices

Last updated: October 5, 2021