What we do

Every day, 71 New Zealanders will hear the words “you have cancer.” If you or someone you care about has cancer, if you want to help provide support, or reduce your own risk of cancer  we are here to help. 

If you want to talk, we are here to listen; no one should face cancer alone.  With the Cancer Society here, you won’t have to.

Cancer Society Wellington is an independent charity and 100% community funded. Our unique combination of local programme delivery, community engagement and national influence enables everyone who cares about cancer to make the biggest possible difference.

Together with our volunteers, supporters, stakeholders, we are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on individuals and the community. We work across every area of every cancer:

We are there not only for those touched by cancer today, but to prevent and manage cancer into the future by offering: 

  • experienced cancer nurses provide information and support

Our Health Promotion goals

At the Cancer Society of New Zealand, we are committed to helping reduce the incidence and impact of cancer on the community. Cancer affects many of us and is a major cause of disease, disability and death in New Zealand, with 21,050 new registrations and 8,891 deaths in 2011 (Ministry of Health 2015). To lessen this impact, we need an organised approach to reduce the number of people who die from cancer and improve the quality of life of those who are diagnosed.

As part of our approach, the Cancer Society has a set of objectives and purposes, including:

  • providing supportive care and information to people affected by cancer, their families/whanau and carers
  • encouraging, organising, supporting and funding research within New Zealand into the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer
  • delivering health promotion programmes focusing on cancer prevention
  • leading advocacy across the cancer continuum
  • promoting education about cancer for health professionals and publicising progress made in research and treatment
  • working collaboratively with other organisations  who share similar goals to the  Cancer Society


The Cancer Society funds around 50 percent of cancer research in New Zealand through project grants for scientists and others. Their research has international importance. This means every New Zealander's voluntary contribution plays a vital role in world-wide efforts to prevent and control cancer.

Volunteers making a difference

We wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those touched by cancer without volunteers.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in the community, be part of a team, share experience, learn new skills, and develop lasting friendships.

People volunteer for different reasons but they all bring skills, passion and energy to their role.

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