We are here to support people with cancer and their whānau. We are part of the Otago and Southland Division of the Cancer Society.


If you need to travel to Dunedin Hospital for cancer treatment, you can stay at Daffodil House.

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Need transport to treatment?

We have a dedicated team of volunteers to drive you to your hospital appointments.

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Help us support people with cancer

We need your support to ensure we can continue delivering services to people with cancer and their whānau.

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Supportive Care Community Cancer Support

Our services are available to anyone diagnosed with cancer and their family / whānau. We’re here to help, so please make contact so we can discuss what is right for you and your whānau.

How we can help


Please get in touch today if you would like support by emailing supportivecare@cansoc.org.nz or calling:

  • Dunedin, Clutha, and Waitaki: 03 477 7447
  • Southland: 03 218 4108
  • Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes: 03 442 4281


Support groups

We offer a variety of local and online support groups and events. 

View the Calendar

Referral form

GPs and individuals may use this form to refer themselves or others to our services. 

Otago and Southland - Referral Form


Join our fundraising events and campaigns

We wouldn't be able to provide our vital services without the generous and enthusiastic support of individuals like you, your families, and your communities.

You Can For Cancer – create a fundraiser that's right for you

Relay For Life – annually in late summer

Jump For Cancer – throughout April and May

Daffodil Day – the last Friday of August

Cancer Society Spring Balls – contact info@cansoc.org.nz for details

Marathon in a Month – throughout November

The Longest Day annual golf challenge – throughout December and January

Our People in Otago and Southland

The Otago and Southland Division covers the lower South Island.  We have staff in the following areas: 

Meet our team

Our partners

The Cancer Society of Otago and Southland would like to express our gratitude to the organisations, trusts, and local businesses who help to ensure we can support people with cancer and help to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Learn more about our partners here:

Grant funding

Local Hero programme

What we did across Otago and Southland last year

Annual Report 2023

What did your support help us achieve? Your time, energy, money and services helped us towards achieving our mission of improving community wellbeing by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer.

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Clients and their families provided with care
Nights stayed at Daffodil House
KM driven by volunteer drivers

Otago/Southland Division

The Governments COVID-19 Protection Framework ended at 11:50pm on 12th of September 2022. Whilst the government response continues to remain active and operating in the background any requirements to wear masks have now been lifted.

However, as seasonal illnesses (that may include COVID-19 or Influenza) can have serious impacts on those most vulnerable in our communities, if you do have upper respiratory infection symptoms or feel more comfortable wearing a mask whilst out in public, we would encourage you to do so. Unfortunately, the reality is that we will have COVID-19 in our community for some time to come; it is important that we continue to monitor our health, and if unwell we should stay at home.

Currently, we are still restricting Daffodil House access to residents and their accompanying support person only. Hygiene practices are strongly encouraged including mask-wearing outside of your room, social distancing, and hand sanitising. We provide resources such as masks, hand sanitiser and an antiseptic spray for your use, whilst staying at the House. The communal lounge is open. However, social distancing and mask-wearing are encouraged in these areas. Daffodil House staff are required to wear masks and use hand sanitiser in all shared spaces. Rooms are professionally cleaned between guests and laundry is self-supporting, with masks encouraged in the laundry. Please contact 03 477 7447 if you have questions about Accommodation Services.

The Cancer Society provides transport for clients to cancer related medical appointments. For the safety of our clients (patients) masks will continue to be worn by drivers and clients.

Our Supportive Care staff will be available for face-to-face appointments, on the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 CANCER (226 237), and by email at supportivecare@cansoc.org.nz. Groups and programmes are running. We encourage mask-wearing through and around the centre or venue.  Attendees may remove masks while seated, for example, to have a refreshment.

Please contact one of our team if you have any questions about our support services: 

  • Southland 03 218 4108
  • Coastal Otago 03 477 7447
  • Central Otago 021 465 746

or by email supportivecare@cansoc.org.nz