Incredible stories of skill, courage and compassion unfold at Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital every day. Whether it’s your child, your grandchild, niece or nephew – life changing illnesses or unexpected injuries can strike our loved ones at any time.

Three years ago, following an initial approach by the Foundation, Wellingtonian Mark Dunajtschik announced an extraordinary gift of $50 million to build and donate a new world-class children’s hospital to our region. This unprecedented generosity is deeply appreciated.

The new Child Health Service and Hospital will be known as “Te Wao Nui – The Great Forest of Tane”, and the new hospital building will be known as the Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood Building in honour of their tremendous gift.

As a tertiary level hospital, Te Wao Nui Child Health Service and Hospital will be a lifeline for families across our region. With a large catchment area, the hospital will provide exceptionally high-level health care to families in the wider Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu areas. Under a new hub and spoke model of care, critically and chronically sick children will be referred from the smaller centres for major operations, specialist consultations and when lifesaving emergency and intensive care treatment is required.

The Foundation is grateful to the thousands of donors who have, and continue to support our fundraising programmes – we simply couldn’t do it without you. There is still much mahi to do – if you can help again with a further gift please donate here

With over 87,000 child admissions and appointments every year, your gift will make an incredible difference.

Opening in Autumn 2022, the new hospital will ensure that these young people can access the best possible care in a modern, multimillion-dollar, fit for purpose paediatric facility.

Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital – Te Wao Nui

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