Helping Hands

Helping Hands offers assistance to support Northland patients who have received a breast cancer diagnosis within the past 18 months.  It is a one-off support payment to a maximum value of $300. Helping Hands can be provided for the following:
  • Kai Grocery Vouchers

  • Petrol Vouchers

  • Reimbursement or payment on invoice for treatment and recovery costs.

  • Reimbursement of physiotherapy, exercise, or massage costs.

  • Reimbursement or payment on the production of an invoice for practical home help needed during treatment or recovery.

If you are
interested in
this service please contact your support person to request
this assistance

BCSNT Volunteer
Support People

Would you like to talk to someone who has had breast cancer?

Breast Cancer Support Northland Volunteer Support People are all women who have been through the Breast Cancer journey. They all understand the fears and feelings that come with a breast cancer diagnosis they’ve been through it themselves. They are here to help you successfully navigate the journey by offering practical and emotional support, encouragement, information and a shoulder to cry on.


Our volunteers do not offer medical or treatment advice, and we always recommend that clients, in the first instance, seek such information from their medical team, but we can listen and have information on resources available to you.


A Breast Cancer Support Northland Volunteer Person can give you a call or meet for a coffee, the amount of contact is up to you and your tautoko person to decide.

Frozen Meals

If you are undergoing active treatment then some frozen meals may be useful for you to have.  Meal options are available to you at no cost up to the maximum value of:


  • $150 for a single person

  • $175 for a couple

  • $200 for a whanau


Meals are provided by Sabres Ezi Meals in Kamo.
Their website is


Please note this offer is only available once.
Contact your support volunteer if you would like to apply for this assistance, they will take your order for you.

Eyebrow Service

We are very pleased to be able to offer some beauty support from Persona Spa, Whangarei.

Each month, one person with a Breast Cancer diagnosis will have the chance to win their choice of either:-

A Brow Shape & Tint


Eye Works (Brow & Lash Tint, Measure & Sculpture)

If you would like the chance to enhance your brows then follow our Facebook page and enter the monthly draw.  T&C apply.

The service at Persona Spa will involve a consultation, then your brows will be measured and sculpted (to suit your face) then tinted (natural or darker) to give the impression of more hair - this is so perfect for those who have light hair or not much hair.

Persona Spa has been in business for 17+ years. They are a small team who love what they do and love taking care of their clients and making them feel good & look good, for themselves. They offer an extensive menu which you can check out at

Monthly Crafts & Coffee

Based at Northland Cancer Society, Daffodil House, 73 Kamo Rd, Kensington, Whangarei 0112.

Ria, one of our Trustees would love you to join her for our monthly morning of card and paper crafting, coffee (or tea!) and company 😁.

Anyone who has ever had cancer is welcome to attend free of charge.

There will be various crafts to do, from seasonal creations to mini envelope albums and a greeting cards. You are welcome to come along and create something, or just chat and create friendships.

Browse our facebook posts to see when the next event is on, it is usually the first Thursday of the month (Feb to Dec) 9.30am to Noon. 







Group Gatherings

The meetings provide an opportunity for anyone with a present or past breast cancer diagnosis to meet in an informal environment for mutual support and encouragement.

Even if you have great support from family and friends, keeping in touch with a group of fellow patients adds a different perspective and gives you an opportunity to talk openly without feeling like you may upset your loved ones.

Fortnightly Coffee

Held on the second and fourth Thursday of the month 9.30am at Mokaba Cafe at the Town Basin, come for a cuppa and a chat in a casual relaxed atmosphere.  Just look for the Pink Flower in the centre of a table.  If it's your first time the drink is on us, and we treat you to a slice of cake if you visit us around your birthday.

Heart Shaped

for post surgery
under arm Comfort

If you've recently had surgery for breast cancer, or are going to have surgery soon, a heart-shaped pillow can help your recovery. The pillows can be placed under your arm to help relieve pressure on tender, post-surgical areas.


Get in touch by sending us a message and we will get one to you for free 💗 Contact Us


Chris Finlayson is happy to support Northland women undergoing a mastectomy, by supplying acrylic knitted knockers. She does a range of different sizes and you can have just one or a pair. All she asks for is a Koha towards the materials used.


Contact Chris at with your requirements and she will do her best to assist you.

Wig Stands 

Free to borrow - Wig stands available for anyone to borrow to store their wig on, so it maintains its shape. 


They are crafted and turned out of wood. The wig stands are made here is Whangarei by volunteers at the Mens Shed.  Every stand is different in style and varies in height to suit the length of your wig.  All the stands have their own personalities.


Once they are no longer needed the stands should be returned to the Cancer Society Northland.   So they can then be recycled and passed on to other chemotherapy patients.

Turban Headwear

We have a small stock of donated lightly used headscarves and hats available.  Also the Cancer Society Northland has a variety of Turbans available.  All are free, but styles and colours will vary and are subject to availability.  Contact us using the link at the bottom of the page or contact the cancer society at

Port & Seatbelt Pillows 

Sometimes chemotherapy medicines are given through a port-a-cath that remains in your chest over the course of your treatment.  The port is a small disc that sits just under the skin. Wearing a seatbelt can sometimes put uncomfortable pressure on your port.  These pillows can help to remove that discomfort.  The seatbelt pillow is longer and is a great comfort for those who have undergone recent breast surgery. 

Available for free from ourselves or the Cancer Society Northland.