We are here to support people with cancer and their whānau across Taranaki. 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

The Taranaki Cancer Society has been open for the past 80 years. Our modern, eco-friendly centre in New Plymouth is nestled not too far from Mount Taranaki.

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

Each year in Taranaki, there are over 600 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 get them well again. 

We do this through the wide range of core services in supportive care, information and local support groups and connecting people online. 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 family/caregivers. We help get people through their cancer diagnosis.

  • General cancer support visiting service and carer relief.
  • Women’s support service & support groups (North & South Taranaki).
  • General men’s cancer support group.
  • CanTALK lunches - (North & South Taranaki).
  • ‘Prostate Awareness is a Life Saver’ (PALS) group.
  • Transport  – including twice-weekly shuttle service to Palmerston North and volunteer drivers within Taranaki.
  • Living well with cancer education.
  • Host and support “Look Good Feel Better” workshops.
  •  Support volunteer training.
  • One-on-one support, patient advocacy and advice.
  • Emergency financial assistance via grants
  • Complementary therapy – reiki, oncology massage, and yoga.
  • A listening ear for patients, caregivers, whānau and family members.
  • Hat, books and wig library.
  • Creative classes.
  • Counselling.


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If you have to travel away from home for treatment, we can help you with a place to stay.

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Need transport to treatment?

We have a team of dedicated volunteers who can help you get to your hospital appointments.

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Last updated: October 5, 2021