We are the only national organisation in Aotearoa NZ that provides free, lifelong care and support for children, teens, adults and whānau impacted by childhood heart conditions.

News of a childhood heart condition can turn a family’s life upside down. But no one has to face that journey alone. We walk alongside families through diagnosis and treatment, offering support, knowledge and guidance. We make sure that our heart families have this support freely available during hospital stays and at home in the community.

Our family support team are dedicated to being there for everyone who navigates a heart journey. Often, families are faced with separation, loneliness, isolation, financial hardship, stress and uncertainty about the future. Our team of trained, passionate family support taituarā are based around Aotearoa NZ, so families are supported when and where they need it most.

We Are Here For Heart Families 

We Are Here For Heart Families 

We Are Here For Heart Families 

We Are Here For Heart Families 

We Are Here For Heart Families 

We Are Here For Heart Families 

For over 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to deliver quality support, information, connection and hope to our heart families.

Strategic Plan

We are guided by an ambitious strategy that provides the roadmap for the future of Heart Kids NZ.

Annual Report 2022

2022 was a year of unrelenting focus on Heart Kids NZ Tamariki Manawa Māia vision and mission – a “vision-first mindset”.




Regional Branches



Meet Our Team

What will I do for a heart kid today? This is the question that guides us every day.

No matter if it’s a board member, family support taituarā, fundraiser, senior leader or administrator, we are all clear on our purpose of walking alongside families as they navigate their lifelong heart journeys.


Donna Jujnovich

Member Representative (Upper North)

Member Representative (Upper North)

Ashlee McCormick

Member Representative (Upper North) Acting Board Chair

Neven Harland

Member Representative (Central North)

Samir Govind

Member Representative (Upper South)

James Lawler

Member Representative (Lower North)

Arna Craig

Member Representative (Lower South)

Gina Ng

Co-opted Member

Steve Abley

Member Representative (Upper South)

Steve Abley

Member Representative (Upper South)

Steve Abley

Member Representative (Upper South)

Senior Leadership Team

David Pimblott

Interim Chief Executive

Head of Family Support

Denise Kitto

Head of Operations

Robyn Lyall

Practice Lead

Family Support Team

Alex Atkins

Practice Lead

Ashley Mills

Hospital Family Support

Amy Laverock

Hospital Family Support

Waina Coyne

Family Support (Northland)

Montee Stehlin

Family Support (South Auckland)

Elaine Paki

Family Support (Waikato)

Laura Matenga

Family Support (Waikato)

Jo Gunn

Family Support (Bay of Plenty)

Arahia Nepia

Family Support (Hawkes Bay/Gisborne)

Vicky Hill

Family Support (Rotorua)

Narelle Frampton

Family Support (Taranaki)

Julie Meehan

Family Support (Manawatū/Whanganui)

Rebecca McEwen

Family Support (Wellington)

Dee Harris

Family Support (Wellington)

Tash Jordan

Family Support (Nelson & Marlborough)

Claire Sword

Family Support (Canterbury & South Canterbury)

Kat Matheson

Family Support (Canterbury & West Coast)

Leeann Morton

Family Support (Central Otago)

Michael Bowey

Heart Adult Support

Family Support (Otago)

Chelsea Stevens

Family Support (Southland)



Operations & Support Services Team

Veebha Jeram-Patel


Rebecca Coburn

Support Services (Auckland)

Support Services (Hawke’s Bay)

Amanda Findsen-Delaney

Support Services (Waikato)

Angela Haddon

Support Services (Wellington)

Engagement & Fundraising Team

Hanna Griffin

Head of Engagament

Barbara Chapman

Engagement Specialist

Laurel Ketel

Communications Specialist

Fundraising & Campaigns Lead