Support services

Support services are for cancer patients and their whanau. If you would like more information on the services we offer or would register for a service please click HERE 

Our SUPPORTIVE CARE COORDINATOR, Janine, is able to meet with patients and their family/whanau in their homes or at the Centre to explain how the Cancer Society can assist;

a listening ear, strategies for coping, support, information and understanding.


To find out more and to access our support services please click HERE


We have a number of support groups in Taranaki. For more information please check the calendar, email, or phone 06 757 3006

Hawera Can Talk Group - For men and women. Meets bi-monthly at 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, South Taranaki Club.

Hawera Women's Group held bi-monthly at 11:30am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the Hawera Club. 

New Plymouth Men Can Talk Group - Men's support group held 4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm Cancer Society, 71 Lorna St, New Plymouth.


North Taranaki Women's Group - meet on the 4th Monday of each month, 12pm at Cafe Botannix  Palmers Garden Centre, New Plymouth. 

Stratford Support Group

Meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at Shakee Pear Café, Taranaki Pioneer Village, 3912 Mountain Road, Stratford

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Ripple is born out of a desire to connect, inspire and empower all those affected by cancer. The Cancer Society Taranaki Centre, together with Josh Hickford have founded Ripple.


We have a vision to bridge the digital gap in support, to connect, inspire and empower more

Lotsa Helping Hands is a free website for organizing help for a loved one. Through the site you can help organize meals, transport, childcare etc. Click here to find out how Lotsa Helping Hands organize meals and help for family and friends in need.


We have many free resources available to patients, friends, and whanau including:

  • Wigs, beanies, head scarves and bandannas 

  • Breast cancer heart pillows (post surgery)

  • Breast prosthesis

  • A wide range of helpful booklets (many of which are available as E-Books here )

  • A selection of books that may be borrowed from our library.


We coordinate the shuttle service to and from Palmerston North Hospital for treatment on Mondays and Fridays. We also have volunteer drivers available to take patients and their carers to local medical appointments (scans, tests, treatment, etc.) and other special requirements.

If you would like to access transport please click here

REIKI THERAPY - (holistic Japanese techniques for stress reduction and relaxation) - provided every Wednesday at the Cancer Society of Taranaki by Dale who is an experienced therapist. Will also have a therapist that can come to your house. To find out more about Reiki or request a session please click HERE

A Cancer Society forum is for people who want to ‘talk’ about their experiences of cancer. 

CancerChatNZ offers an on-line forum connecting people through their experience with cancer.  It doesn't matter where you live in New Zealand - all you need is access to the internet.

Talk to others on-line.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer you can talk on-line to people with similar experiences.

CancerChatNZ can be used by anyone with internet access that has a question or information to share anonymously with other Cancer Chat users.


Services are offered to patients and families/whanau of those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our counsellors offer confidential, safe and supportive listening.


We have services available in New Plymouth, Stratford, Opunake and Hawera and can help children from six years of age.

If you would like more information  please click HERE


Provided by our qualified oncology massage therapist, Debbie, fortnightly on Fridays at the Cancer Society's Taranaki Centre in New Plymouth.


It is also available in South Taranaki by request. To request a massage please click HERE


Prescription exercise has been shown to reduce the occurrence of some cancers as well as reduce the side effects. We have funded a number of groups with qualified exercise trainers across Taranaki. 

If you are interested in finding out more about these groups please contact Darragh Power on  06 757 3006 or click here or see out calendar for what's on.

ACCOMMODATION Palmerston North - The Ozanam House Trust was established to provide FREE homely accommodation for out of town cancer patients and their caregiver while undergoing radiotherapy treatment at the Regional Cancer Treatment Service, Palmerston North Hospital. Click HERE to learn more about Ozanam House.

other cancer services

Look Good Feel Better - A pamper workshop for any cancer patient with any cancer. It's your day away from the world of diagnosis and treatment to help face cancer with confidence. For men and women. To book click HERE

A House for Karen - Is a charity that provides the opportunity to have a special break away at no cost. The goal was to build a holiday home by the beach as a haven for families suffering with cancer. To book or for more information please click HERE

Sweet Louise - In 2005, Scott Perkins established The Louise Perkins Foundation, named after his wife Louise, who passed away in 2004 after living for ten years with incurable (secondary) breast cancer read more

Skylight is an organisation that offers support and specialist resources to children, teens, adults and their families and friends who are impacted by any kind of grief - whatever the cause, whatever their age, and wherever they live in New Zealand. To find out more about how they can help click here

The Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy Service is a free service that operates independently from all health and disability service providers, government agencies and HDC. If you want to know more about your rights when using health or disability services, get questions answered, or make a complaint, we can help. More info

Gut Cancer Foundation- The Gut Cancer Foundation (GCF) is dedicated to improving the outcomes for patients with gastro-intestinal cancer. GCF aims to increase awareness of GI cancers and raise funds to support clinical research in New Zealand, focusing particularly on clinical trials more

Child Cancer Foundation - Child Cancer Foundation stands shoulder-to-shoulder with every family who has a child facing cancer. We are here to guide them every step of the way. Now, and in the future. View more

Prostate Cancer Foundation - The vision is to eliminating death and suffering from prostate cancer. We will achieve this through offering peer support to men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer (and their families); actively promoting awareness of this disease through community promotions, including our Blue September campaign; funding research; and advocating for patients more

Leukaemia and Blood Foundation - With a vision to cure and a mission to care, we are committed to improving the quality of life for patients and their families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and related blood conditions. Read more

CanTeen has been helping 13-24-year-olds dealing with cancer get back to living their lives for nearly 30 years more

Breast Cancer Foundation - 

We believe that one day, no one will die of breast cancer

Breast cancer will probably still exist, but we’ll catch it early, and treat it better to prevent it spreading (breast cancer rarely kills unless it spreads beyond the breast). And if it does spread, we’ll have treatments and support to keep people alive for a very long time more

Taranaki Ostomy Society - To promote the welfare of Ostomates in Taranaki and elsewhere if the need exists. To provide appropriate information to Ostomates. Meetings are held at the Cancer Society Taranaki more

The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) provides a united voice for New Zealand women who have experienced breast cancer. Together, we work to make world-class detection, treatment and care accessible to everyone with breast cancer in Aotearoa. Formed in 2004, BCAC is run by breast cancer survivors and is an umbrella organisation representing 32 breast cancer-related groups. We provide information, support and representation for those with breast cancer so they can make informed choices about their treatment and care.

PINC & STEEL is dedicated to helping men, women, young people with any type of cancer.

Our team of fully qualified cancer rehab physiotherapists,

are here to support, guide and rehabilitate people through every stage of their treatment and recovery. Find out more

Tui Ora is Taranaki’s largest community-based health and social services provider with a responsive approach to client need. 

We are a kaupapa Māori organisation with extensive services and programmes for all age groups and all populations. 

With a clear vision to enhance whānau health and wellbing, we continue to evolve and grow in a dynamic and innovative health environment more

The New Hair Project is a team of professionals who are able to guide you through the process of selecting, fitting and caring for your wig. Each wig can be personalised for the wearer and there are many colour, style and length options. Our free consultations are by appointment only, to ensure you receive undivided attention and for your comfort and privacy more

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Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of asbestos-related cancer. Though it’s an aggressive illness, ongoing advancements in chemotherapy, surgery and clinical trials are extending patients' lives years beyond their life expectancy more

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The Gift of Knowledge was founded in 2009. We are focussed on raising awareness, connecting you to others, supporting you to make informed decisions, advocating for you and ultimately contributing to reducing the impact and incidence of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer more

financial assistance funds

National Travel Assistance Scheme is available through the MOH to help with transport costs. Click here for more information or ring 0800 281 222 (press option 2) for a form and assistance.

Breast Prosthesis Service Payments is available through the MOH to help with the costs of Prosthesis. Click here to find out more information about this service or call 0800 458 448 - option 4


Wig and Hairpiece Service Payments, available from the MOH. For more information click here or ring 0800 458 448 - option 4

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06 7573006

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