Help Starship Save Lives

Join forces with thousands of Mercury customers who donate to Starship on their monthly bill.
We’ve been a Five Star Partner of the Starship Foundation since 2001 and during that time our customers have raised millions of dollars to help the team at Starship provide world-class care. It’s easy to add a small donation to your monthly bill and you can make a real impact for our kiwi kids too.
So let’s join forces and work wonders for Starship.

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Meet Mercury's knitters

A group of talented knitters made up of staff, customers and friends of Mercury have been helping Starship in their own wonderful way. 

They donate their time and resources to knit tiny beanies, blankets and booties for the children in Starship and recently had the opporunity to meet some of the young recipients. You can watch their special trip below.
This is just one way our customers contribute to the Starship Foundation, the other is to add a monthly donation to your bill. You can add a donation to your bill in My Account

Join Forces and Make a difference

Every cent of your donation goes to support the Starship Foundation. Around 24,000 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 17 years. Now that's wonderful!

$11m donated to starship since 1999



Customer Funded Projects

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.

A new portable OCT Eye Scanner

the first of its kind in New Zealand, to help young children at risk of vision loss.

Starship National Air Ambulance

a flying intensive care unit to treat critically ill and injured children from all over the country and transport them to Starship Hospital.

Two specialist emergency transport systems

fitted out with life-saving equipment to bring desperately sick babies to Starship from anywhere in the country.

New Zealand's first laser fetoscope machine

to help save the lives of unborn twins affected by Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.

A Mobile Ear Clinic

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.

New facilities

for children and staff in the new Medical Specialties and Neuroservices wards (Level 6).

Sprout IV poles

providing a colourful and child friendly alternative to the traditional IV poles.

Colourful murals

to brighten the walls of the wards and make the environment more child friendly.

Four heat tables

to keep vulnerable and premature babies warm.

A waiting room outside the operating theatres

where families can wait close by whilst their child is having surgery.

More than 200 dedicated fold-down beds

provided in the rooms for a parent/caregiver to stay with their child in comfort.


assisting children to stand in physical therapy

New simulation 'Nursing Kid' mannequin

including an introduction course and equipment. 

A specialised sensory play trolley called a ‘Snoezelen’ wagon

which can be taken to the rooms of children unable to leave their beds.

The Kari Centre 

was upgraded and transformed.  

The development of world-class clinical skills training programmes

for clinical teams to train and practice their skills.

Consult liaison rooms

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.

Vital equipment for the Heart Unit

including an echocardiography system to give surgeons 4D images of the heart.

Eli's story

Eli spent ten months in Starship's paediatric intensive care unit, far away from most of his family and friends.

We wanted to share a little bit of magic with him so we created a 360
° Virtual Reality experience to make him feel closer to home, from over 600km away. 

Donate on your monthly bill

Donate on your monthly bill

If you're a Mercury customer you can add a monthly donation to your bill today. Log in to My Account to start donating.

If you're not a Mercury customer you can join us to support Starship. 


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