After an extraordinary $50 million gift from well known Wellington property developer Mr Mark Dunajtcshik, and fifteen months of planning, work on Wellington region’s new Children’s Hospital began in November 2018.
It has long been a dream by many people and clinicians to have a new “fit for purpose” regional children’s hospital and following a suggestion to well-known Wellington property developer Mr Mark Dunajtschik, by the Chair of Wellington Hospitals Foundation, Mr Bill Day – that dream is now another step closer to reality.
Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital has a proud history as New Zealand’s first children’s hospital, opening on 13 March 1912. However the current children’s hospital is over 30 years old and in desperate need of replacement.
Mr Dunajtschik’s building and donation commitment of $50 million is the solid foundation on which the new hospital will be built. This is a tremendous legacy gift to all children in the greater Wellington area. Together with Mark, the Capital Coast District Health Board and the Foundation, your new children’s hospital will be a multi million dollar, world class building that will ensure a brighter healthier future for generations of children to come.
This new hospital is expected to open in mid 2021.
How Can You Help?
The Foundation has been asked to raise $10 Million to outfit and equip the interior of the new children’s hospital. Your new children’s hospital will be completely different from anything we’ve seen before, and we are honoured to be involved in creating a hospital that will meet the specific health needs of children, young people and their families.
Your support is vital so that we can raise raise the $10 Million needed to enable us to equip the new hospital with a wonderful creative environment and state of the art, specialised medical equipment, so that our exceptional doctors and nurses can continue to achieve the impossible every day for the sick kids and families across our region. We would love you to join us on this exciting journey.
Artist’s impression of the New Children’s Hospital
- 3 storeys high.
- 7000 square metres.
- 60 inpatient beds, plus dedicated family and social areas.
- Specialist tertiary level care for children from Whanganui to Napier, down to Nelson and Marlborough.
- Links to the main Wellington hospital building with a sky bridge.
- Individual rooms with an en-suite, for all patients.
- Inpatient and outpatient services for children all under one roof.