Also see:
Māori & Population Health Team
Community Exercise Classes

Heart and Diabetes

Heart attacks and heart disease and strokes are major causes of death in New Zealand. For some men the risk is higher at an earlier age, so for Māori, Pacific and some groups of South East Asian men*, a check-up is recommended from the age of 30 onwards.
Having a heart and diabetes check with your nurse or doctor will help you to find out your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. Knowing your risk gives you and your whanau the chance to take steps to protect yourself from this happening, so you can be around a lot longer.

What happens in a heart and diabetes check?

During a heart and diabetes check you’ll talk to your nurse or doctor about your future risk of having a heart attack or stroke and discuss options/choices to protect your heart.
In the check-up you can expect to:

  • Discuss any family history of heart attack or stroke
  • Measure your blood pressure, height, weight and have a blood test
  • Discuss your cholesterol and blood sugar levels (for diabetes)
  • Talk about risk factors such as smoking, activity and diet.

Contact your local General Practice to book in a heart and diabetes check up. This is funded in many cases. If you are not enrolled with a doctor check here to find your local Wellington/Kapiti/Wairarapa practice.

More information about the campaign will be available on the HPA website, Heart Foundation website, Diabetes New Zealand website and the Ministry of Health website.

*South East Asian: Indian, including Fijian Indian, Sri Lankan, Afghani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani, Tibetan

Supermarket Tours in Kapiti

These tours have been designed to provide people with the knowledge of how to understand nutritional information on food labels and enable them to make healthy food choices for their individual needs. They are run by qualified dietitians in various supermarket locations around the district, in conjunction with Diabetes Kapiti Coast and Compass Health.

To find out more and secure a place on the next tour, please telephone Diabetes Kapiti Coast on (04) 904 4847. Please note that places are strictly limited – please notify numbers who will be attending.

Cost is FREE but a Gold Coin donation/koha is welcome.

Free and Cheap things to do in Wellington & Kapiti

Wellington City:

Kia ora and Welcome to a treasure trove of great things to do in Wellington. We’ve put together this booklet to let you know what you can do in our beautiful city for $5 or less or absolutely FREE! All activities are arranged by suburb, so it makes it easy to see what you can do in your local area.

Download the Free & Cheap things to do in Wellington brochure.
Disclaimer: Some pages have been removed from the original document. Please discard reference to maps and vouchers.

If you would like a hard copy version of this resource, please contact Jon Gabites at WCC on (04) 803 8350 or by emailing


We have put this brochure together to let you know what you can do in our wonderful Kapiti District for FREE or at very low cost. To download a copy click here, or contact Compass Health Kapiti on (04) 297 2009 for a hard copy.

We suggest you get two Kapiti Coast District Council Cycleways Walkways and Bridleways maps, one to take with you on your walks, and one to put on the wall and mark off the walks as you complete them. Most places mentioned in this brochure are shown on this map, available from KCDC, libraries, or online at

Porirua HEHA brochure

HEHA (Healthy Eating, Healthy Action) Porirua is here to support you to be active. Download the HEHA Porirua brochure from the Te Rauparaha Arena website.

Supporting Older Adults - Falls Prevention

Compass Health Kapiti has finalised it's 'Stay On Your Feet' leaflet, designed to help people gain strength and balance through exercise. Click here to view the brochure.