Celebrating Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and our gift to support their mahi


Today, I had the privilege of attending a special event celebrating the brilliant work Breast Cancer Foundation NZ does in communities across New Zealand, with the gifting of a bus to help support the Foundation’s mahi.

This bus was formerly used for our mobile banking services and has been transformed into a state-of-the-art mobile education unit that will support the Foundation’s critical work in promoting breast health awareness and early detection.

The event was a reminder of the impact that support like this can have in our communities. I was honoured to express our gratitude to Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) for the tireless work they do every day to support those affected by breast cancer and to promote early detection.

During the event, I had the opportunity to speak with Ah-Leen Rayner, the CEO of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, and the dedicated nurses who are on the frontlines of this fight. Their passion, commitment, and compassion are truly inspiring. They shared stories of the women and families they’ve supported, and the difference that early detection can make in saving lives.

The donated vehicle will be a game-changer for the Foundation’s early detection programme. Equipped with consultation spaces, technology, and an awning for outdoor events, it will allow their team to reach more remote communities, be more flexible with the timing of visits, and ultimately, connect with more women who may not otherwise have access to these vital services.

On a personal note, this donation is particularly meaningful to me. Like so many New Zealanders, my family has been affected by breast cancer. I’ve seen firsthand the fear and challenges that come with a diagnosis, and it has only reinforced my belief in the critical importance of the work done by organisations like Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

At BNZ, we’re committed to supporting the wellbeing of our communities. This donation is a tangible example of that commitment in action. We’re proud to stand alongside Breast Cancer Foundation NZ in their mission to save lives through early detection and support.

To everyone who attended today’s event – from the Breast Cancer Foundation team to our own BNZ staff – thank you. Your presence and support are a testament to the power of community and the difference we can make when we work together.

I look forward to seeing the positive impact this mobile education unit will have as it travels throughout New Zealand, bringing hope, support, and life-saving services to women and families across the country.