Making A Difference

Riccarton Park helps with beds


With the help of Riccarton Park, Māia Health Foundation and its communities, have raised over $200,000 for sixty parent beds in Waipapa, the new Christchurch Hospital building that opens in mid-November.

The new children’s facilities at Waipapa have been enhanced by $3.2 million in community fundraising that includes parent beds, family rooms, an indoor play area and teen socialisation areas.

The fold-down parent beds will make a world of difference for children in hospital. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial in helping parents and caregivers handle the emotional toll of having a sick child. Being by their child’s side overnight will help make it better for the whole whanau.

The parent beds can fold away during the day and contain cupboards for additional storage in the child’s room.

Riccarton Park contributed to two parent beds, thanks to donations received through its association with Māia during NZ Cup and Show Week. Māia is sincerely grateful for the support of Riccarton Park, as the funds raised will go directly into caring for our most vulnerable tamariki and their families in Canterbury.

Māia’s Michael Flatman says they can’t wait for the new hospital to open, so families can at last see and experience what the Canterbury community has achieved. 

“Raising $3.2 million to fulfil Māia’s mission of taking our child health services from good to great is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of the support we received to make this happen. 


About Māia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation is a charitable trust launched in May 2016 to enhance health services in Canterbury. Its vision is to “be the difference” – taking our health services from good to great.

To date the Māia Health Foundation has raised more than $11 million - $5.2 million of which has gone towards the upgrading of the helipad at the Christchurch Hospital Hagley building and improved child health facilities. 

Other major projects include $2 million improvements to the Burwood Spinal Unit, equipment for Christchurch Hospital neo-natal team and an ultrasound machine for Kaikoura Health.