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 Division - Services under Covid-19 Protection Framework - Traffic light information
Services will be offered under the Government traffic light system both red and orange – the Cancer Society is an essential health service provider.
Under the orange Government traffic light system our centre doors are open.
We ask all visitors (and staff) to wash and sanitise hands regularly, remain socially distanced, and wear a mask when in our centres.
Clients and individuals on a journey with cancer are welcome to seek support from our centres.
Please don’t be offended if we ask if you are unwell/well, have been in contact with a positive Covid-19 case or been at a location of interest recently – this is part of health screening to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.
All centre staff on site are vaccinated according to the Government’s health sector mandate to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for clients, volunteers and the team.
Available services under traffic light ORANGE: Gisborne / Tairāwhiti / East Coast
Under orange the Cancer Society volunteer driving service will continue – providing transport for clients to cancer related medical appointments. The drivers and passengers should wear masks at all times.
Group sessions have now resumed with mask wearing and social distancing encouraged.
Massage and other therapy continues, subject to the therapist providing an eligible vaccine passport. Please check with us for details and availability.
Don’t hesitate to call us on (06) 867 1795 if you need us – we’re here for anyone with any cancer.
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.
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.
- Referrals to Look Good Feel Better workshops.
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.
Central Districts - referral form