The first Relay for Life will go ahead as planned, but the Cancer Society has not ruled out cancelling others during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Relay for Life involves groups of people walking or running around a track with at least one team member on the track throughout the event.
It's a fundraiser for the Cancer Society's support services, cancer research and health promotion programmes.
The first events will go ahead as planned today in Waimate, Waikato and Manawatū.
Cancer Society chief executive Mike Kernaghan said the health and well being of communities was being taken very seriously.
The society was following the Ministry of Health guidelines in deciding whether to cancel or postpone any Relay for Life events, Kernaghan said.
"We will continue to monitor this developing situation closely.
"Our local teams will keep participants briefed and up to date with information and event guidelines for health and safety".