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.

Available services

Clients and any other visitors will not need to wear a mask to use a Cancer Society shuttle or our Volunteer Driving Service or to visit our centre.  Although, if you would like to wear one then you are welcome to.

Group sessions have now resumed. Massage and other therapy continues. Please check with us for details and availability.

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).
  • Transport  – including twice-weekly shuttle service to Palmerston North and volunteer drivers within Taranaki.
  • 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.

 

Taranaki Cancer Support Group Information

Hawera CanTalk Group 2024

CanTalk Hawera is a lunchtime social group held at the South Taranaki Club. Come along and meet others who may have similar questions, concerns, or needs. Everyone is welcome.

Group facilitator: Carol Milford (06) 764 5323

Where: South Taranaki Club, 43 Caledonia Street. Hawera

When: Second Wednesday of every second month

Time: 11am arrive, lunch served at 12 noon

Cost: $13.50 – Roast of the Day, Christmas lunch cost TBC

2024 Dates: 14 February, 10 April, 12 June, 14 August, 9 October, 4 December

Registration is essential and RSVP is imperative for catering purposes (food is made to numbers registered).

For more information or to register please phone Carol directly on (06) 764 5323 or the Cancer Society on (06) 757 3006

 

Hawera Women’s Group 2024

The South Taranaki Women’s group is a social group that meets bi-monthly. This group gives you a chance to make new friends and discuss your experiences and concerns with other women that have all had to deal with the physical, emotional, and social problems associated with Cancer. We extend a warm welcome to women of all ages and at any stage of their cancer journey.

Group Facilitator: Kaye Bird (06) 274 8429

Where: Upside Down Eatery, 54 Fantham Street, Hawera

When: Second Thursday of each alternate month

Time: 11.30am arrive, lunch served at 12 noon

Cost: $18 – Main and tea/coffee, $20 Main, dessert, tea/coffee

2024 Dates: 14 March, 9 May, 11 July, 12 September, 14 November

Registration is essential and RSVP is imperative for catering purposes (food is made to numbers registered).

For more information or to register please phone Kaye directly on (06) 274 8429 or the Cancer Society on (06) 757 3006

 

New Plymouth Men CanTalk Support Group 2024

“Men CanTalk” is a New Plymouth based support group where men who have a cancer diagnosis and/or who are receiving treatment meet to share their cancer journey and any concerns in a private, informal, and relaxed atmosphere. Meetings usually include informative and educational presentations. If you are interested in coming along please contact one of the shared group facilitators.

Shared group facilitators: Graham Clouston 027 495 7036, Paul Klenner 022 412 1994, Dennis Hardie 021 0843 0914

Where: Taranaki Cancer Society – Meeting Room, 71 Lorna Street, New Plymouth

When: Second (usually) Tuesday of every month

Time: 7pm (for about 1 hour)

Dates: 8 February, 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 12 September, 10 October, 14 November

For more information or to register please phone Graham, Paul, or Denis, or call the Cancer Society directly on (06) 757 3006

 

North Taranaki Women’s Group 2024

North Taranaki Women’s support group meetings are a chance for you to make new friends and discuss your experiences and concerns with other women that have all had to deal with the physical, emotional, and social problems associated with cancer. We extend a warm welcome to women of all ages and at any stage of their cancer journey.

Group Facilitator: Colleen McLeod

Where: Tawa Glen Café, 452 Mountain Road, Lepperton

When: The fourth Monday of each month

Time: 12 Noon

Dates: 22 January, 26 February. 25 March, 22 April, 27 May, 24 June, 22 July, 26 August, 23 September, 28 October, 25 November, 23 December

For more information or to register please phone Coleen on 027 281 0177 or call the Cancer Society on (06) 757 3006

 

Stratford Cancer Support Group 2024

Stratford Cancer Support group is a social group formed to provide encouragement, empathy, and optimism to people dealing with cancer. Come along and meet others who may have similar experiences, questions, concerns, or needs. A warm welcome is extended to everyone, your support/carer and family members.

Group facilitators: Murray Fawcett (06) 765 6259 and Deane Kelly (06) 765 5567

Where: Shakee Pear Café, Taranaki Pioneer Village, 3912 Mountain Road, Stratford

When: Second Tuesday of the month

Time: 10am – 12pm (Purchase your own refreshments, meet and socialise with everyone)

Dates: 13 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December

For more information or to register please phone Murray directly on (06) 765 6259 or contact the Cancer Society on (06) 757 3006

 

Waitara Cancer Support Group 2024

Waitara Cancer Support group is a social group formed to provide encouragement, empathy, and optimism to people dealing with cancer. Come along and meet others who may have similar experiences, questions, concerns, or needs. A warm welcome is extended to everyone, your support/carer and family members.

Group Facilitator: Karen Lowe 027 366 3364

Where:  Waitara Salvation Army, 21/23 McLean Street, Waitara

Time: 7pm

Dates: 7 February, 6 March, 3 April, 1 May, 5 June, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September, 2 October, 6 November, 4 December

Meet and socialise with everyone. You are most welcome to arrive on the day and go from there. For more information or to register phone Karne directly on 027 366 3364 or contact the Cancer Society on (06) 757 3006

Hāwera Office
Phone number
Call us on 06 281 4912
Physical address
62 Victoria Street, Hāwera 4610
Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10am – 3pm
Wednesday
10am – 3pm
Thursday
10am – 3pm
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Accommodation

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

Find out more

Need transport to treatment?

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

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Referral form for Health Professionals

Our services are available to anyone diagnosed with cancer, family/whānau. Please use this form if you would like to use our services or refer someone else to our services.

If you or a member of your whānau have received a cancer diagnosis, you can just ring us on 0800 226 237. You don't need to be referred by a health professional.
Central Districts - referral form

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people supported over the phone
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Kms driven by Cancer Society volunteers
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supportive care programme attendees
Last updated: February 19, 2024