We’ve been a Five Star Partner of the Starship Foundation since 2001 and during that time our customers have joined forces and raised millions for our national children’s hospital. They’ve helped the team at Starship provide world-class care and helped Starship kids experience a little bit of wonderful, with projects like the 360° Experience, the Script App and more. See details below.
It’s easy to add a small donation to your monthly bill and you can make a real impact for our kiwi kids too.
Prescribing antibiotics for children is complex, but thanks to Mercury customers’ donations, there’s now an app for paediatricians which makes it smarter and more efficient.
Mercury customers have fully funded Script for Paediatrics a new app that helps ensure the most targeted antibiotic is prescribed avoiding unnecessary broad-spectrum antibiotics. This is essential to help reduce antibiotic resistant bacteria, which is becoming an increasing global challenge.
At just three weeks old Virginia (Ginny) was diagnosed with a rare liver condition, and she underwent a life-saving liver transplant at just six months old. Twenty five years ago there wouldn’t have been any hope of survival for babies like Ginny - it’s thanks to technology and advances in healthcare that transplants are now possible. Learn more about Ginny's story here.
Supporting Starship means they’re able to provide the best training, equipment and support to help treat kids like Ginny. She has on-going care at Starship, and her team of specialists and surgeons are like family. Watch her interview Dr Helen Evans in the new Inside Starship series.
Every cent of your donation goes to support the Starship Foundation. Over 20,000 Mercury customers donate as little as $3 on their monthly bill. It all adds up.
Combined with our contributions, our customers have donated $11m over the past 18 years. Now that's wonderful!
$11m donated to starship since 1999
20K MERCURY CUSTOMERS DONATE EVERY MONTH
18 YEARS AS A FIVE STAR PARTNER
The generosity of our customers has helped to fund projects over the years such as:
phase one is complete and phase two is underway, transforming the environment for the 13,000 outpatients who use this service every year.
the first of its kind in New Zealand, to help young children at risk of vision loss.
a flying intensive care unit to treat critically ill and injured children from all over the country and transport them to Starship Hospital.
fitted out with life-saving equipment to bring desperately sick babies to Starship from anywhere in the country.
to help save the lives of unborn twins affected by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
providing free ear checks and specialist ear health services to children in the community.
the pilot phase of this project saw patient waiting times reduced from 12 to 3 months.
for children and staff in the new Medical Specialties and Neuroservices wards (Level 6).
providing a colourful and child friendly alternative to the traditional IV poles.
to brighten the walls of the wards and make the environment more child friendly.
to keep vulnerable and premature babies warm.
where families can wait close by whilst their child is having surgery.
provided in the rooms for a parent/caregiver to stay with their child in comfort.
assisting children to stand in physical therapy
including an introduction course and equipment.
which can be taken to the rooms of children unable to leave their beds.
was upgraded and transformed.
for clinical teams to train and practice their skills.
had its first upgrade since the hospital was built in 1992 with a new purpose-built play room, an infant feeding therapy room and whanau room.
including an echocardiography system to give surgeons 4D images of the heart.