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About Us

The Stroke Foundation is New Zealand’s national charity focused on the prevention of and recovery from stroke. 

Stroke is New Zealand’s second single biggest killer and the leading cause of serious adult disability. For over 40 years we have actively promoted ways to avoid stroke and dedicated ourselves to working closely with stroke survivors throughout the country.

It’s estimated that more than 11,000 strokes will be experienced in 2021 – that’s one person every 45 minutes. Over the next decade this figure is predicted to rise by 40%. In the last 12 months, we have responded to over 5,500 stroke survivors, providing them and their family / whānau and carers with free critical services.

Over 75% of strokes are preventable, so we continue to deliver our vital awareness campaigns and health promotion programmes, which are instrumental in saving thousands of lives. This financial year we raised 89% of our operating costs from donations and grants. Donations, grants and bequests not only enable us to rise to the challenge and respond to the stroke affected community, but also support us in taking significant steps to reduce the number of strokes across the country.

We work to prevent stroke, improve outcomes, and save lives.

With your help we’re committed to creating a New Zealand where: significant steps are taken to reduce the number of strokes, everyone understands and responds to key risk factors, and anyone affected by stroke is supported and empowered.

The Need


Strokes are predicted to be experienced in 2021 – that’s one every 45 minutes


New stroke survivors referred to the Stroke Foundation every day


Projected increase of stroke survivors in the next decade.


Kiwis die of stroke each year.


Of strokes are preventable.