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Join forces for Starship.

Join forces for Starship.

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. 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.

<a id="xavier"></a>Meet Xavier.

Meet Xavier.

At just five days old, Xavier underwent his first of three open heart surgeries at Starship. Then, after nine weeks recovery, he headed home to Christchurch. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of little Xavier’s rocky start.

After arriving home, Xavier contracted bronchiolitis and was rushed to Christchurch Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after he stopped breathing. It was now life or death.

Starship’s National Air Ambulance was called in. When Xavier touched down at Starship, he was immediately seen by world class pediatric specialists, teamed with leading facilities – both only available at Starship and critical to Xavier’s survival.

We’re delighted to share that Xavier has since recovered and settled back in at home with his family, where he’s a lively buddy to his big brothers!

Starship <br>kids stories

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See how Starship donations have helped many
kids like little Lennox. 

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Awesome <br>Outpatients


By joining forces, our Starship donators have
helped fund a magical $3.8m three year
transformation of the Outpatients Department.

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Wonderful <br>experiences


Watch the many ways you've helped the kids at
Starship experience a little bit of wonderful, like
our 360° experience and more!

Help Starship Save Lives.

Help Starship Save Lives.

Every cent of your donation goes to support the Starship Foundation. Over 25,000 Mercury customers donate as little as $3 on their monthly bill. It all adds up.

Combined with our contributions, our customers have donated $13m over the past 19 years. Now that's wonderful!

$13m donated to starship since 1999



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Customer Funded Projects.

The generosity of our customers has helped to fund projects over the years such as:


an amazing $3.8m transformation of this crucial service that sees over 80,000 outpatients 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.

The Script app

Script for Paediatrics is an app that makes prescribing antibiotics smarter and more efficient.

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