Free Resources

All the following resources are delivered free within New Zealand. For overseas enquiries, please see the Links page for stroke organisations providing resources in other countries.

Most of the resources below can be downloaded as pdf files. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view pdf files and this is installed on most computers. If you need to, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

To order any resources in hard copy (subject to availabilityplease download an order form here and email it to, post it to PO Box 12-482, Wellington 6144, or phone 0800 78 76 53.

See also our Services in the Community database which contains links to many other useful resources from different organisations.

Information leaflets and posters

You can order these short leaflets by emailing or download pdf files by clicking on the links below.

  • What is a stroke? - A short and simple explanation of how and why stroke happens, and what its effects are.
  • Reduce your risk of stroke - Advice on how a healthier lifestyle, diet and regular medical checks can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
  • Blood Pressure and Stroke – Information about the relationship between blood pressure and stroke and ways of reducing risks for blood pressure
  • Information for Family, whanau and friends - Essential practical information about caring for someone who has had a stroke.
    In addition to this leaflet the Ministry of Social Development publishes a comprehensive Guide for Carers booklet which can be ordered through Carers NZ on their CarersAir website, or downloaded directly here (pdf, 1.4mb). Phone 0800 777 797 to order a free hard copy.
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack - What is TIA? Warning stroke / mini stroke. Explanation of transient ischaemic attack (TIA), diagnosis, treatment and the importance of seeking urgent medical help.
  • Checked your blood pressure lately? A3 Poster

Guidelines for safe and comfortable positioning while sitting and sleeping for those affected by right or left hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body).

Slash the salt

  • Slash the Salt – information on harms of high salt consumption and ways of reducing salt intakes. Contains a detachable wallet card to assist shoppers to choose lower salt foods items.
  • Go easy on salt A3 Poster

The following free A4 information sheets are available to download as printable pdf files.

FAST stroke recognition resources

These resources may be ordered free by emailing or downloaded as pdf files using the links below

(More information about stroke recognition and the FAST message here.)

Stroke 'Riskometer' app

The Stroke Riskometer application developed by AUT researchers aims to reduce the incidence of stroke and save lives all over the world.

Brought to market by AUT Enterprises Ltd – the technology transfer office of AUT University– the Stroke Riskometer assesses the chance of suffering a stroke using a number of health and lifestyle factors.

The result is presented as a percentage chance of suffering a stroke in the next five and ten years and compared with someone of the same age and sex without contributing risk factors, providing a relative risk of having a stroke for the person concerned.

For further information about the app and to download free versions for Apple or Android phones or tablets, go to

Kaupapa Māori resources

A new selection of kaupapa Māori resources which include indigenous Māori concepts, visual imagery and language that is familiar and can resonate with many whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities. Resources are for the general public, health provider services, and hospitals. See He Ūpoko Tapu Stroke Prevention page for more information and pdf downloads

Pacific language resources

Information about stroke in Cook Islands, Samoan and Tongan languages. Click on the images to download:

Chinese language resources

Three leaflets are available in modern Chinese in PDF format: a basic leaflet on preventing stroke; a translation of Information for family, whanau and friends; and a translation of What is a TIA. Click the links below to download them. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file and this is installed on most computers.

Health Stroke Navigator

Further sources of information

The UK Stroke Association has a large range of resources providing much detailed information.

Other overseas stroke organisations with similar resource materials are listed here.

Aphasia Software Finder

The Aphasia Software Finder is a website providing links to a huge variety of software and apps for personal computers, smartphones and tablets to help people with different forms of aphasia communicate. Almost every page now has a video explaining how to use the page for people who may have difficulty reading the text. Software is arranged under different categories and indication is given of where the software is free or if there is a cost.

The site is created by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia (UK).

Exercise After Stroke

You can download a PDF copy:

Exercise After Stroke PDF

(Note: this publication is not authored by Stroke Foundation. Any questions about it should be directed to the authors.)

Looking After Your Nuts & Bolts

Phil Gifford’s book "Looking After Your Nuts & Bolts" contains an excellent chapter about stroke, written with cooperation from the Stroke Foundation and several stroke survivors. You can order a copy here or from bookshops.

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