Heart Kids mission Is to provide and facilitate the best support and care for children with heart conditions and their families within New Zealand. Heart Kids New Zealand is the only organization that provide lifelong care for all affected by a congenital heart defect (born with) or who have acquired heart disease during childhood. We are an affiliated Branch of Heart Kids NZ based in Auckland and there are 22 Branches throughout NZ. We believe that no child, teen, adult or family affected by a childhood heart condition should have to travel the journey alone or unsupported. We are there every step of the way – from the time of diagnosis, through childhood, the teenager years, and into adulthood. Our practical & emotional support is vital for those affected, helping them to cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with a childhood heart condition. Heart Kids South Canterbury have been supporting local heart families for over 18 years & have close to 80 families that we are supporting now with our vital services.