The Taranaki Health Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1998 in partnership with the Taranaki District Health Board. The shared vision of the partners is to enable the best possible healthcare via fundraising for key projects that will make a significant difference to our regional community.

Since late 2013, the Foundation has received over ten million dollars in pledges and in June 2016 we completed a 3.6 million dollar campaign for a new Angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital. These stellar results would certainly not be possible without the generous support of Business Sponsors and donations from the Taranaki community.

We have a range of exciting projects, events and engagement opportunities on offer so please consider supporting the Foundation today - click on HOW TO CONTRIBUTE or CURRENT PROJECTS to see how you can support us today!

Thank you Taranaki, we are so very grateful for your continued support!

Love our Kidneys

We are fundraising $500k to support enhancements to the new 12 chair Kidney Unit at Base Hospital. Every cent raised will go to the project.

Fundraising will enable us to buy new technology, new equipment and resources that will enhance patient care and well-being.

Kidney disease affects hundreds of people in Taranaki each year (Type II diabetes is a key driver of increased numbers). Kidney disease severely impacts people’s quality of life, and life expectancy. Dialysis treatment is offered 6 days a week.

  • The kidneys have a higher blood flow than even the brain, liver, or heart.
  • The kidneys reabsorb and redistribute 99% of the blood volume and only 0.1% of the blood filtered becomes urine.
  • Each kidney is about 4½ inches (11.4 cm) long.
  • Each kidney weighs approximately 170gms and is the size of your fist.
  • The volume of urine excreted daily varies from 1000 to 2000 ml (averaging 1500 ml).
  • What year was the first successful kidney transplant? (1954 with identical twins in the US)
  • Your kidneys represent about 0.5% of the total weight of the body but receive 20–25% of the total arterial blood pumped by the heart.
  • Your kidneys receive about 56 litres of blood per hour. Over 1.8 litres of recycled blood is pumped through your kidneys every day.
  • Each kidney contains approximately one million nephrons Placed end to end, the nephrons of one kidney would stretch about 8 km

Click here to support Taranaki families in need today.
For more information on projects please contact Tasha Kupe
, Foundation administrator, office 06 753 8688, mobile 021 533 234, email


Grandchild's premature start to life inspires New Plymouth couple to donate $57,000 incubator

Derek Dowman was reunited with nurses who helped looked after him as a premature baby when his grandparents donated a $57,000 Babyleo incubator.

Derek, now a chatty 5-year-old, was one of the reasons why New Plymouth supermarket owners Rob and Denise Dowman donated the intensive care incubator, the gold standard of care for acutely sick newborn babies.