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Ceremony marks the start of New Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital construction.

Wellington Hospitals Foundation and Hospi were delighted to be at the Mauri stone-laying ceremony, held at Wellington Regional Hospital today, to mark the start of the construction of our New Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital.

Wellington Children's Hospital patients Lila and Eddie, with Hospi

Wellington Children’s Hospital patients Lila and Eddie, with Hospi, at the ceremony.


The 7000-square metre, three-storey new children’s hospital is expected to open by early 2021.

“The new, purpose-built facility will allow us to provide high-quality care to our young patients – bringing inpatient services and outpatient clinics under one roof, and allowing for the integration of services.” said DHB Board chair Andrew Blair.

Bill Day, Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation, also said, “Today is a historic day. The first ever children’s hospital in New Zealand was built by the community, and opened in Wellington in 1912. Here today, a new children’s hospital is again being built and instigated by the support of Mr Mark Dunajtschik and the community.”

Charlotte, Dorothy, Mark and Bill at the ceremony

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Charlotte Stanczuk and Foundation Chair, Bill Day, thank Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood for their wonderful support of children’s health.


The Foundation is now beginning a fundraising program to raise $6 million to equip our New Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital with ‘All Brand New’ medical equipment and resources.

You can make a donation at anytime to the New Children’s Hospital Equipment Fund by donating online here!