We are here to support people with cancer and their whānau in Hastings, Napier, Havelock North and the wider Hawke's Bay community. We are part of the Central Districts Division of the Cancer Society.

Central Districts Division - Services under Covid-19 Protection Framework - Traffic light information

The following information applies to all Central Districts centres. Services will be offered under the Government traffic light system at both Red and Orange. The Cancer Society is an essential health service provider, however, in some instances things may look slightly different to normal.

Under the Red and Orange Government traffic light system our centre doors are open. We ask all visitors (and staff) to wash and sanitise their hands regularly, remain socially distanced, and wear a mask when in our centres.

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. All contractors/service providers engaged by our centres will be asked to show their vaccination passport prior to commencing any work on a centre premise.

Under Red and Orange, the Cancer Society shuttles and volunteer driving service will continue, providing transport for clients to cancer-related medical appointments. The drivers and passengers should always wear masks and socially distance where possible.

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 wellbeing of everyone.

Massage and other therapy will continue, subject to the therapist providing an eligible vaccine passport. Please check with your local centre for details. We will review the running of group sessions in January 2022.

What we do

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

  • Each year in Hawke's Bay there are more than 900 people diagnosed with cancer. 
  • Every day at the Cancer Society, we help all people with any cancer, their families, 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 after, ensuring they are able to move on with their lives once again.


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

  • General cancer one on one support and carer relief.
  • Transport – including three times a week shuttle service to Palmerston North for treatment and volunteer drivers within Hawke's Bay.
  • Support groups in Wairoa, Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay.
  • Living well with cancer education – weekly workshops for people affected by cancer and their supporters, run by experienced Cancer Society staff and psychologists.
  • Support volunteer training.
  • Emergency financial assistance via grants.
  • Complementary therapy – oncology massage.
  • A listening ear for patients, caregivers, whānau and family members.
  • Hats, turbans, wigs.
  • Restorative yoga.
  • Counselling.
Hawkes Bay Shop

Go to our Cancer Society Hawkes Bay store

Tee shirts, bears, sunscreen and much more to support people with cancer and their whānau

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Need transport to treatment?

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

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Volunteer with us

You can make a difference. Visit our volunteer portal to see what roles are available in Hawkes Bay.

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Hastings Cancer Support Groups

Wednesday afternoons 1:30 to 2:30 p,

Get in touch to find out more (06) 876 7638

Sunscreen Pole Application - being SunSmart

Every year thousands of New Zealanders are exposed to dangerous levels of UV radiation while attending community events.

As the organiser of an outdoor event you can help protect your participants, staff and volunteers by adopting a few simple sun protection measures.

Fill out the Sunscreen pole application and send to enquiries.hb@cancercd.org.nz. Your application will be reviewed and we will contact you promptly. 

If you would like more guidance around Sunsmart whilst planning your event, have a read of our Sunsmart guide

We thank you for your support in the prevention of cancer in our region.

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Last updated: December 13, 2021