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Nau mai, ki te whānau kaitiaki ō Te Wao Nui.  As we countdown to the opening of Te Wao Nui, your new Wellington regional children’s hospital, we’ll be introducing you to our new kaitiaki whānau.  These little guardians are here to help tamariki and rangatahi on their hospital journey to a healthy future.

Tiaki (pronounced: Tee-ah-kee) is the face of Te Wao Nui.  Tiaki means to guard, care, protect, nurse and conserve, so it’s fitting that this special little guardian also features on the new Te Wao Nui Child Health Service logo.  Based on New Zealand’s pōhutukawa flower, look out for Tiaki’s bright red feelers and big warm welcoming eyes when you arrive at Te Wao Nui on the forest floor (Level 2).

Some of you may have questions about Hospi.  See more HERE