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CanTeen Aotearoa has been helping young people through one of the toughest times of their lives for almost 30 years. Why? Because life shouldn’t stop with a diagnosis of cancer, and CanTeen’s aim is to make sure every young person touched by cancer can continue living life with the support and tools they need.


If you’d like more information about us and what we’ve achieved in the past year, please read our  Annual Report.

Lucy CoombesThe power of canteen is in the members

A young person is diagnosed with cancer every two days in New Zealand

About CanTeen

We help young people dealing with cancer get back to living their lives.

That means helping with the day-to-day pressures, like making sure our young people can get to appointments, or have enough credit on their phones. But it’s also about building a community around them; connecting them with young people who have come out the other side, peers who are still coping with cancer, or trained counsellors to help unpick more complex emotions.

The ultimate goal is to make sure no young person goes through cancer alone – whether it’s their own cancer diagnosis or a family member who’s fighting the disease. We’ve seen first-hand that meeting, talking and sharing experiences means young people are better able to cope with the uncertainties of living with cancer.


If you or someone you know would like to join the team of wonderful Kiwis who generously donate their time to support CanTeen, please let us know.

Our corporate supporters

We work alongside some incredible corporate partners who share our passion for supporting young people living with cancer.

Put it this way – if our members are the heart of CanTeen, our partners are the backbone.

Together, we’re on a mission to make sure no young person ever fights cancer alone. If your organisation is keen to get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch today!