7 May 2021

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.


31 March 2021

Taranaki mums to benefit from breast pump donation

Ground-breaking doctor Doris Gordon's work lives on in the memorial trust that bears her name, and new Taranaki mums are the latest to benefit.

The Doris Gordon Memorial Trust has donated $3400 to the Taranaki Health Foundation to purchase a new ‘Symphony’ breast pump, which supports new mothers to breastfeed.


24 December 2020

Well done Taranaki - $56,000 raised for a new baby incubator in three weeks

Taranaki has answered the call for an urgently needed intensive care baby incubator, with $56,000 raised in three weeks.

The incubator had been ordered and is estimated to arrive from Europe in February.

The Neo Natal Unit at Taranaki Base Hospital urgently needs the intensive care Babyleo incubator – the gold standard of care for acutely sick newborn babies – with the unit’s only incubator soon due for “retirement”.

“People have dug very deep at this special time of the year to help our tiniest patients have the best start to their early lives,” Taranaki Health Foundation general manager Bry Kopu-Scott said.


30 November 2020

$56,000 needed for incubator at neonatal unit at Taranaki Base Hospital

When Ollie Douglas was born nearly two weeks ago, his Mum Tiffany was almost too scared to hold him.

Ollie was born at just over 30 weeks and weighed in at slightly more than 1kg.

‘’It was a little bit scary because he’s so little,’’ Douglas said. ‘’It took me a few days before I felt comfortable holding him because he is so little and fragile and his skin is so thin.’’

This isn’t Douglas’ first time in the neonatal unit at Taranaki Base Hospital. She has been here before when Arlo, now 3, was born at 35 weeks.

‘’So we know these guys pretty well.’’

Which is why she is getting behind the Taranaki Health Foundation’s campaign to raise $56,000 by Christmas for a new Babyleo Incuwarmer incubator.


6 August 2020

Hawera Hospital patients benefiting from new occupational therapy kitchen

A purpose-built rehabilitation kitchen has given 89-year-old Betty Anderson the confidence to prepare her own meals again after she broke her hip in a nasty fall.

The Hāwera woman is one of about a dozen patients to so far benefit from the new mini-kitchen at Hāwera Hospital, thanks to a donation from the Isobel Bremer Medical Services Trust.


4 January 2020

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Taranaki donates $7,500 to Chairs for Chemo

Patients undergoing chemotherapy in Taranaki will be able to receive their treatments in a more comfortable way soon, with the recent donation of $7,500 to the Chairs for Chemo charity. This amount will purchase one new, purpose-built chemotherapy chair for the Oncology Ward at Taranaki Base Hospital.


6 December 2019

Sick Taranaki children to benefit from high-tech health equipment

Some of Taranaki’s smallest patients are to benefit from a sizeable donation that is enabling the purchase of new high-tech equipment for Taranaki Base Hospital.

Thanks to a $66,700 donation from the 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, the Neonatal Unit has a new specialised baby ventilator, while the Children and Young People’s Ward is to receive a handheld, infrared monitor that easily finds the tiny veins of children.

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15 November 2019

Nana the inspiration for cancer fundraiser

Bella Lane knows her Nana Jude would be proud she’s helping Taranaki people tackle the disease that sadly took her life.

Nine year old Bella’s “Nana Jude”, Judith Blundell, died in July at just 56 year’s old, after a 12 year journey with cancer. During that journey, Bella visited her nana receiving chemotherapy treatment at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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16 August 2019

Countdown Kids Appeal

The 2019 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal is officially underway, with the aim of raising more than $1 million to help make a significant difference to thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families.

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26 September 2018

Teen fashions fundraiser for Taranaki's young people

A New Plymouth teenager is the force behind an upcoming fashion fundraiser to support the health needs of children and youth in Taranaki.

Emma Kingi, 17, has organised Runway for a Reason, a fashion show featuring the latest spring and summer fashion trends. It's being held at the 4th Wall Theatre in New Plymouth on Friday, September 28.

Taranaki Health Foundation general manager Bry Kopu says the evening event is for the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal and every dollar raised will go towards special health equipment and projects. 

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6 March 2017

Taranaki Health Foundation launches new fundraising campaign to improve mental health facility

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

Taranaki DHB CEO, Rosemary Clements, said “The renovation of our Mental Health Inpatient Unit has been in construction since September last year, but thanks to support from the Taranaki Health Foundation’s Open Minds Project we can now focus on enhancing the space to help patients readjust back into the community.”

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12 October 2016

From Hardship to Hope – help for kids and their families

From Hardship to Hope is a campaign to raise money for a fund to support kids and their families in urgent need during acute hospital stays, says Taranaki Health Foundation general manager Bry Kopu.

As part of the fundraising, Mediaworks Foundation are raising awareness about children’s hardship in Taranaki through an initiative called Dance Like No Other. Eight charities have been chosen to take part in a dance-off gala evening on November 12.

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30 August 2016

Health minister officially opens Taranaki's $3.6m angiography suite

Taranaki's multi-million dollar investment in health has been officially opened.

On Friday, health minister Jonathan Coleman unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the $3.6 million angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital.

He said the community effort to raise the money for it was "fantastic" and was a unique initiative.

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21 July 2016

Taranaki Base Hospital opens its new angiography suite

After two years of planning and 17 months of fundraising, Taranaki's $3.6 million health suite is finally seeing patients - more than a month before its official opening.

About 20 people have already visited Taranaki Base Hospital's new angiography suite, which includes a heart X-ray, despite its official opening day being August 26.

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20 May 2016

Foundation Project Wins Accolades

Taranaki Base Hospital's Mobility Garden, designed by Taranaki Health Foundation trustee Murali Bhaskar, has won a national architecture award.

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2 February 2016

$200,000 needed to get Taranaki a new heart X-ray machine

Around $1 million has been raised for a new heart X-ray machine in Taranaki.

And despite still needing a further $200,000 the machine has been ordered.

Angiography is an X-ray technique to visualise the inside of blood vessels and the current machine at Taranaki Base Hospital is on its last legs.

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15 December 2015

‘Mobility garden opens at Taranaki Base Hospital

A new garden 18 months in the making has been officially opened at Taranaki Base Hospital.

The mobility garden, designed by New Plymouth architect Murali Bhaskar, was installed to aid in the rehabilitation of patients.

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2 August 2015

Support for heart machine sought from 100 businesses

Small businesses are being asked to put their hands in their pockets to help save Taranaki hearts.

In the next 100 days the We Heart Taranaki Campaign hopes to raise more than $200,000 from 100 small businesses.

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18 August 2015

Greaves encourage other businesses to support our community

Staff members at Greaves Electrical in Hawera know first hand the difference a new angiography machine and suite would mean for Taranaki. The business, which has pledged $10,000 to the We Heart Taranaki campaign, has a staff member who's had cardiac problems this year.

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19 February 2015

‘WE HEART TARANAKI’ fundraising campaign receives major boost from Methanex

The Taranaki Health Foundation is thrilled to announce Methanex New Zealand as the major corporate sponsor of the WE HEART TARANAKI community fundraising campaign launched in Stratford today. The campaign aims to raise $1.2 million towards the cost of a new angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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13 January 2015

Taranaki Health Foundation announces full support for Mobility Garden enhancements

The Taranaki Health Foundation announces its plans and full funding support of the Mobility Garden project at Taranaki Base Hospital.  The plan for the Garden is for on-site rehabilitation in real-life situations and the enhancements that the Foundation’s funding will provide include a warm, and welcoming environment for hospital patients and visitors, an inspirational design and a covered area to allow greater use of the space. 

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26 February 2014

Little Fighters Charitable Trust Donation to Taranaki Children through the Taranaki Health Foundation

The Little Fighters Trust is proud to give a donation to the Taranaki Health Foundation to enable an additional television and six media players for the TSB Children and Young People ward at Taranaki Base Hospital.

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19 December 2013

Howard Wright beds roll into Taranaki Base Hospital

The Howard Wright team is delighted to support the Taranaki Health Foundation with new beds for Project Maunga.

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5 December 2013

Wards get peaceful images thanks to Lions

The halls of the children's ward at Taranaki Base Hospital will be a bit brighter thanks to a sizeable donation.

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25 November 2013

Te Rewa Rewa bridge replica benefits Taranaki Health Foundation

A replica of the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, showcased during the 2013 New Zealand Motor Caravan Association rally in New Plymouth over Easter weekend, has been sold to a private owner, and the proceeds will be given to the Taranaki Health Foundation.

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27 September 2013

Lack of cash means further upgrades on hold

The redevelopment at Taranaki Base Hospital has been a success, but plans to upgrade other areas of the hospital remain on hold.

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25 September 2013

Week highlights work of chaplains

This week is a chance to remember the volunteers and chaplains who support and lend a listening ear to hospital patients and their families.

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25 September 2013

Patients' attention caught by Cup drama

A group of dedicated America's Cup race watchers, patients and staff, gathered together hoping to watch Emirates Team New Zealand sail to victory.

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14 September 2013

Chipping off hospital block

The old wards one to five at Taranaki Base Hospital are coming down. Demolition has begun on the Stainton Block as part of the next phase of Project Maunga, the hospital's $80 million redevelopment project.

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9 August 2013

New start with new life is nice beginning

A new life was welcomed into a new place yesterday during the first operation at Taranaki Base Hospital's revamped theatre suite.

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6 August 2013

New hospital wing just the medicine

Firefighters and rugby stars were on the scene to help move patients into the new Taranaki Base Hospital building yesterday.

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3 August 2013

On time and also on budget

Taranaki Base Hospital's new $80 million building will "go live" on Monday as three years of construction draw to an end.

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15 July 2013

Hospital addition hailed

With special folding doors, lowered counters and personalised televisions for patients the new building is disability friendly.

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27 June 2013

The difference between life and death

EDITORIAL OPINION: Earlier this month the new $80 million Taranaki Base Hospital redevelopment was on display for everyone to see during an open day.

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14 June 2013

Taranaki Health Foundation relaunched

On Thursday, 6 June the Taranaki Health Foundation was born again. Local businesses, contractors, and individual health champions who have donated to the foundation all came together to celebrate the relaunch and to get a sneak peak of the new hospital. 

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30 May 2013

Community proud of beautiful new hospital

The Taranaki community flocked to Taranaki Base Hospital to get a sneak preview of the sparkling new hospital during the Public Open Day on Saturday.

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30 May 2013

Staff orientation in new hospital using latest technology

This week staff are being oriented to the new hospital with some sessions on how to use the electronic ceiling hoists that are fitted in each ward.

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27 May 2013

Helping hospital to get X-factor

Staff at Bell Block company Howard Wright Ltd are donating their labour to help ensure Taranaki people get state-of-the art equipment in the region's new hospital. They will work several Saturdays - free of charge - to make products, likely to be the firm's hi-tech hospital beds.

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21 May 2013

New hospital nears time to open doors

Nursing staff will be the first to see inside Taranaki's new $80 million hospital this week.

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12 April 2013

Project Maunga receives TSB Community Trust's largest ever grant

The TSB Community Trust makes its largest grant ever in the year the Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary. “It is marvellous to think that through this generous gift the children and whole community will benefit for generations to come” said Chief Executive Tony Foulkes.

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15 April 2013

News backs Taranaki health project

The Taranaki Daily News has been unveiled as the latest partner for the Taranaki Health Foundation.

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10 April 2013

Students, firms aim for extras for new ward

Taranaki's hospital extensions will have televisions in every patient room thanks to the generosity of school students and construction suppliers.

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21 March 2013

Useful replicas up for sale at motor caravan rally

Miniature replicas of Taranaki landmarks will be on display and up for sale this Easter with all profits going towards the Taranaki Base Hospital children's ward.

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5 March 2013

Waitara High leads way for Taranaki Schools fundraising

Waitara High School is laying down a challenge for all Taranaki schools to get on board its ambitious fundraising venture.

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December 2012

Taranaki DHB staff get involved with fundraising

Taranaki District Health Board staff raised over $1,400 for the Children's Ward through holiday shopping at Noel Leeming. Staff enjoyed a discount off of their shopping and a percentage of all of their purchases went directly to the Taranaki Health Foundation to benefit the children of Taranaki.

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