In 2001, we teamed up with Starship children’s hospital to become a Five Star Partner, officially making us sidekicks to the thousands of little superheroes who pass through their doors each year.

Thanks to the generous donations of our wonderful customers, we’ve managed to raise over $13 Million to help the team at Starship continue to provide our nation’s littlest superheroes with the best medical facilities possible!

It’s easy to become a Starship sidekick by adding a small donation to your monthly bill. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a world of difference to the kids at Starship!


Our Locations

Starship has Aotearoa's only dedicated paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) caring for critically ill and injured children from all across the country. Bed spaces in Starship's PICU are like state-of-the-art command centres keeping our littlest superheroes in action when disaster strikes.

Starship urgently needs 10 new state-of-the-art intensive care bed spaces, but with each bed space costing more than $400,000, that's no small task! You can help fund Starship's PICU expansion and support thousands of super-kids by adding a donation to your monthly bill .

$266,700 cost of ICU equipment
to date


$140,000 cost of building ICU bed space


$406,700 total cost of ICU bed space

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The Amazing Avery!

In 2020 Avery was involved in a nasty car accident that left her suffering with severe head, leg and spinal injuries, as well as internal bleeding. The situation was critical, and Avery was rushed to Starship’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for urgent treatment.

Avery spent five days battling for her life in PICU, and a total of three weeks on the ward as she began the difficult process of relearning basic motor skills, such as rolling over.

How is Avery now? With help from the fantastic staff at Starship, Avery has made wonderful progress. She has since regained significant mobility, mastering the use of her crutches, and has been making incredible progress in learning how to stand unassisted again!

You can help Avery, and hundreds of other little superheroes just like her by donating to Starship. Become a sidekick to a Starship Super-Kid today!

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 on their monthly bill, and every little donation adds up to a whole lot, even as little as $3 on your monthly bill .

Combined with our contributions, our wonderful customers have helped raise more than $13 Million over the last 20 years.

In 2020 alone, together we:

  • Exceeded $13 million raised since the partnership began
  • Opened the newly refurbished Outpatients department
  • Helped provide 4,000+ double lined curtains to families across NZ to keep their homes warm
  • Supported the expansion and resourcing of critical projects, such as Starship’s Neuropsychology pilot programme and Script App, which helps doctors around the globe prescribe the safest, most effective antibiotic medication based on an individual’s unique needs

$13m+ donated to starship
to date



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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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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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