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Sketching Smiles

It was wonderful to welcome the talented Paul Beavis, local author and children’s book illustrator, to Te Wao Nui Children’s Hospital this morning. Parents with young children will instantly recognise his lively style from books such as Nee Naw The Little Fire Engine series, Mrs Mo’s Monster, and Ring Ting Tui. As a former winner… Read more »

Community action mahi

A huge shout out to brilliant Brownies, Zoe, Stella and Karina for their fantastic fundraising mahi.  They recently held a Garage Sale raising $600 for Te Wao Nui Children’s Hospital.  Zoe told us, “We held the Garage Sale so that we could get our community action badge. We asked some other Brownies and Pippins from… Read more »

Deeply meaningful gifts for bereaved parents

Trigger Warning: Baby Loss All our volunteer knitters and sewers lovingly create items for our tiniest patients. A small number of these talented people make extra special items for families who suffer baby loss. This compassionate service is largely unseen, yet has a profound impact on our hospitals and the families we support. We recently… Read more »

Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation supports sick tamariki

The Foundation is thrilled to have a three-year Charity Partnership with Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation.  Funds from the second year of our agreement have enabled the purchase of 6 Cubro Haelvoet Duo-Line chairs to be used as breastfeeding chairs in NICU, a Giraffe Blue Spot Phototherapy System for Te Wao Nui Children’s Hospital and… Read more »

Helping patients and visitors navigate our hospitals

This week, we’ve enjoyed taking you behind the scenes and sharing stories of the hospital volunteers, who generously dedicate their time and talents to us every week.  Their work has an enormous impact in our hospitals, and helps create a compassionate and supportive environment for patients, their whānau, visitors and hospital staff.  Their work has… Read more »

Bringing comfort and calm to the ICU

It takes a very special kind of person, like Alice, to provide volunteer support for our hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  Originally from Taranaki, Alice has lived in Wellington for over 30 years.  A mother of two adult children and a qualified Early Childhood teacher, Alice’s journey into volunteering began after her husband was involved… Read more »

Cutting-edge Cardiac Care

A Cardiac Catheterisation Lab, often referred to as a Cath Lab, is a specialised hospital room where various procedures related to the heart and blood vessels are performed. Procedures typically undertaken in a Cath Lab include angioplasties to open blocked arteries, placing stents to keep arteries open, inserting pacemakers, and other tests and treatments to… Read more »

From grateful grandson to dedicated Hospital Volunteer

When Hitesh’s grandad suffered a stroke and was admitted to hospital, the kindness shown by the staff left a lasting impression on him. From the moment they arrived, the nurses and doctors went above and beyond to provide not only medical care, but also emotional support to his family. “Their patience, empathy, and genuine concern… Read more »

Cuddle Hearts Bring NICU Families Closer

When a critically ill or premature baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), parents often miss out on crucial bonding due to prolonged separation. This time apart can also cause stress for infants in a highly medical environment. To help ease this separation, new NICU mothers are offered a Cuddle Heart to wear… Read more »