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ICU is a little less scary thanks to Foundation donors

The ICU can be an intense and very scary place for critically ill patients and their loved ones. Sadly, children are also regularly admitted to the ICU and last year during the RSV outbreak there were 9 tamariki and rangatahi in the unit at once. The unit has ceiling mounted TVs in 16 of the… Read more »

Shaving long locks for sick kids

A huge shout out to Chris Kotrotsos who recently shaved his very long locks in support of sick kids. Chris raised $5,100 for a new medical grade drugs fridge for the new Te Wao Nui Child Health Service and hospital. When Chris’s six year old cousin Petra had a minor playground accident she was taken… Read more »

Ground for Good

Fancy a free coffee? Join Havana Coffee Works in The Great Coffee Shout and support Te Wao Nui – your new regional children’s hospital! Download the ‘Again Again’ app and use the referral code ‘coffeeufeel’ Every time you buy a coffee in a returnable cup in supporting cafes, Te Wao Nui will receive a donation…. Read more »

Te Wao Nui officially opened

This morning marked the official opening of Wellington region’s new Child Heath Service and hospital – Te Wao Nui in the Mark Dunatjschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building. We were delighted to share this event with our incredible benefactors Mark and Dorothy, as well as Dame Cindy Kiro, Ministers Little and Robertson, and many key donors… Read more »

Te Wao Nui Public Open Day!

Nau mai, haere mai.   You are invited to join Wellington Hospitals Foundation and hospital staff as we celebrate the opening of the Te Wao Nui Child Health Service and hospital.   Join us for a Public Open Day on Saturday 1st October from 11am to 3pm for your chance to see inside this stunning… Read more »

Sad news at the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth

As New Zealand wakes up to the very sad news of HRH Queen Elizabeth’s passing, we remember and celebrate her incredible years of service. We also recall her visit to Wellington’s children hospital in 1970 where she met with patients and members of staff in the former King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for Children.

Tiaki gives Te Wao Nui two thumbs up!

We were super excited to welcome our new friend Tiaki to Te Wao Nui today!  Tiaki loved being shown around the new hospital, said it’s looking mīharo/magnificent, and gave it a big two thumbs up!  Tiaki also loved seeing the new soft toy, colouring book and plasters that have been created by the Foundation and… Read more »

Amazing gift from Foundation donor

Last week ended on a high note when The Music Warehouse Lower Hutt dropped off our gorgeous new piano. Our old piano was worn out after being in daily use for many years by our team of talented volunteer hospital pianists. But thanks to an amazingly generous donor, the Foundation was able to purchase this… Read more »

Introducing Tiaki

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:… Read more »


Hospi was developed in 2008 by Wellington Hospitals Foundation and quickly became a much-loved member of the Foundation family and a very special part of the Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital team. Visiting the hospital can be scary and overwhelming for young children.  Hospi is brave and courageous and he has been there in person, or… Read more »