The Open Minds Project

The Taranaki Health Foundation has launched a new community campaign called ‘The Open Minds Project,’ which aims to raise funds for enhancements to Taranaki’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit currently being renovated.

The inpatient unit is the secure area of Te Puna Waiora, the Mental Health and Addictions area at Taranaki Base Hospital which is set up to help people during times of acute psychiatric need, times when they may hurt themselves or others. Over 500 people use the facility each year and since it was last renovated 16 years ago it has become out-dated. The changes will mean that Taranaki has an up to date mental health unit in line with a modern day model of care for people suffering with acute psychiatric issues.

A new floor plan has been designed to ‘normalise’ the environment, by making it less clinical and more welcoming and comfortable. The design allows for more spaces and separate areas for different patient needs, helping to protect the dignity of patients and their whanau.

Taranaki DHB has invested $2.4 million for the redesign and renovation of the Mental Health Inpatient Unit, however the Taranaki Health Foundation’s $180,000 fundraising target will go towards further enhancements including outdoor courtyard spaces, a fitness zone, appropriate furnishings, artwork, therapeutic and special sensory modulation resources and technology for the unit.

Click here to support The Open Minds Project today.
Click here to read more about The Open Minds Project.

Call to help save babies’ lives

Taranaki people are being asked to help keep babies safe while sleeping.

Every year, between 40 and 50 babies die from sudden unexpected death in New Zealand and sadly half of those are accidentally suffocated by their parents while sleeping in the same bed.

There is a safe and proven solution – Pēpi Pods, which are similar to a bassinet and are for babies that do not already have their own suitable safe sleep space.

The Taranaki Health Foundation is seeking funds to buy life-saving Pēpi Pods plus mattresses and safe bedding for each. These will enable babies at risk to sleep safely in their own space.

The pod are free to at-risk families, especially those in a smoking environment, have low birthweight, are preterm and includes parents that do not have a safe sleep space as well as Maori babies who have a higher rate of SUDI.

Along with donations of money to buy new pods we are calling for people who can knit or crochet to make pure wool blankets for infants using Pēpi Pods. 

If people can’t knit or crochet, they could donate pure wool or even old woollen blankets, which can be cut up and sewn into pod-sized coverings.
The hand-made blankets need to be 70cm wide and 60cm long.

People can make donations of wool or blankets by either dropping them off at the Main Reception areas of Base or Hawera hospitals or by calling 06 753 8688. To make a cash donation click here to go to the donation page, and then scroll down to From Hardship to Hope Campaign.

For more information click here or contact Bry Kopu 06 753 8688 or email  

From Hardship to Hope… Kids Health Fund

Launched in October 2016, the Foundation and Taranaki DHB have collaborated to develop this new FUND to ‘strengthen Taranaki families throughout their children’s medical journeys, ensuring they are better placed to cope and help their children heal.’

This new emergency fund has been developed to aid patients and families who are experiencing financial hardship because of acute medical journeys they face. There is a genuine need to support Taranaki families who for no fault of their own find themselves under enormous pressure and stress because their family members are seriously ill. 

Examples of the additional stress families find themselves under when their kids are sick includes: parents having to take leave without pay, working families who have little or no contingency funds if an acute illness occurs, rural families who need help with travel costs to and from hospitals, increased childcare costs (for siblings), patients who require out of town care (especially mothers requiring antenatal hospitalisation) and many others.

The emergency fund will be overseen by a committee and provide flexibility and discretion for Taranaki DHB Social Workers to support families with small grants (vouchers). Criteria will be applied and donors can have the confidence that their donations to this fund will make a significant difference for children and families who need it most.

Click here to support Taranaki families in need today.
For more information on projects please call 06 753 86 88 or email General Manager, Bry Kopu on  


Major Supporter of the From Hardship to Hope Kids Health Fund


We Heart Taranaki

The Taranaki Health Foundation has just completed it’s first Community Campaign to raise funds for a new Angiography Suite.

From the outset this campaign was a very collaborative project with the Foundation partnering with the Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) and Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) to future proof the health and hearts of our community.  Together the goal was to raise funds towards the 3.6 million+ cost of a new angiography machine and specialised fit out. TET ‘s generous donation of 1.2 million provided the cornerstone funding for the campaign with the Taranaki DHB prioritising a further $1.2 million from its operating capital. The Foundation sought the remainder from the Taranaki community.

The campaign was launched as WE HEART TARANAKI on 19 February 2015, in Stratford with Methanex NZ announced as the Major Corporate Sponsor. They kick-started the  fundraising by donating $375,000 towards the $1.2 million community target, and later followed up with an additional $71,000 from staff efforts. Sponsorship from local businesses was fantastic with hundreds of thousands of dollars and staff members time donated to support the campaign. Generous donations were also received from many community service organisations and members of the public, who also shared their time, resources and money to this cause.

Every cent raised went directly toward the purchase of the angiography machine and special fit out required. This would simply not have been possible without the commitment of this wonderful Taranaki community.

Check out the latest media story on here.

What next in 2016/17?

We are currently working on a new campaign and will launch before the end of October 2016.
For more information on projects please call 06 753 86 88 or email Bry Kopu on

Project Maunga

Project Maunga – a partnership between Taranaki DHB and the Government, is a once in 50 year redevelopment opportunity. The official opening of the state-of-the-art Taranaki Base Hospital was in 2014, with patients moving into the new building in July 2013.

The Campaign Imperatives are:

Improve Your Stay

‘Improve Your Stay’ will provide enhanced patient comforts such as an outdoor mobility garden, enhanced landscaping, art, furnishings, and a Taranaki Health Television Programme.

Connected Health

Taking health technology into the future by enabling shared health information to be securely available where ever you are.

Project Maunga goal was to increase capacity and provide better experience by:
  1. Improved patient privacy, dignity and comfort
  2. 24 additional beds
  3. Double the amount of single bed-rooms
  4. No rooms with more than four-beds (from 6)
  5. Ensuites in all patient rooms
  6. A new 12 bed children’s ward initially (overall 22 bed capacity,) with 10 single rooms, parent fold-out beds & ensuites
  7. State of the art equipment to aid patient care & comfort
  8. Six new surgical theatres, including one state-of-the-art digital theatre
  9. Streamlined Day-stay surgical procedures, increased by 11%
  10. Co-location of key health services, reducing patient transfer times

To read more about Project Maunga click here to go the Project Maunga website