Every year we run a very special event that helps keep thousands of Kiwis safe from stroke.
It's called the Big Blood Pressure Check and over the past 10 years, we have offered free blood pressure checks to around 150,000 New Zealanders.
That's because high blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke. A person with high blood pressure is up to seven times more likely to have a stroke than someone with normal or low blood pressure.
Many Kiwis don't know they have it, but it's easily detected and can be treated.
You can read more about blood pressure here.
Last year the campaign was a huge success, you can download a PDF infographic highlighting some important outcomes here: BP infographic
This year, the campaign will run throughout the month of October and New Zealanders will be able to get their free checks at various venues across the country.
We acknowledge and thank our supporters New World, PAK'n SAVE, Rotary, St John, Wellington Free Ambulance and stroke club volunteers.
In the lead up to the Big Blood Pressure Check campaign, we will be offering New Zealanders the chance to get tested for atrial fibrillation (AF) at the Wellington Emergency Services Expo. Find out more about AF and where you can get your test here.