Keeping children healthy and in their communities

We enable digital initiatives, community care, research and innovation to prevent hospitalisation and foster wellbeing. So our children are safe and thriving in their community.


"Māori and Pacific children are over-represented in unintentional injuries at all levels in Aotearoa. Over the past fourteen months, Safekids Aotearoa has invested in transformative change to its digital strategy to address these systematic inequities."

Mareta Hunt, Director, Safekids Aotearoa

In 2020, the Starship Foundation funded a number of initiatives to keep children out of hospital, and thriving in their community.

The Insulin Pump Trial has given a small group of children an at-home insulin pump to control their Type 1 Diabetes. Community Health Nurses and support staff have visited these children at home and school to provide assistance and ensure ongoing support. Hospitalisation levels for the test group have dropped markedly, and Starship hopes to use this trial as evidence to scale up the project in the future with government funding.

10 children have taken part the insulin pump trial

In December 2020 Starship Community opened its second Whare Hauora with support from our committed Five Star Partner Barfoot & Thompson. This in-school nursing clinic space means children can have easy access to check-ups and treatment, ensuring minor health issues don't become something bigger.

You've also helped Safekids Aotearoa continue their vital work in reducing preventable childhood accidents and injury, and helping parents provide safe environments for their children. This includes providing community health providers with easy-to-read injury prevention leaflets and booklets, and reaching target audiences through web hui, story-based social media videos and imagery.

600 children at Point England school can now access on-site nursing care

The Starship Foundation, with support from Mercury and their customers has been supporting Habitat for Humanity's Curtain Bank programme since 2019. Last year alone, 4,917 curtains were provided to 429 families in need and 623 families received winter warmer packs.

With ongoing support from New Zealanders like you, Starship will invest in programs to ensure children stay safe and well in their own community.

Healthy Homes 4,917 curtains provided to 429 families in 2020


Starship in the community to keep children out of hospital

Whare Hauora Opening Day
OPENING DAY Barfoot & Thompson Director Kiri Barfoot, Nurse Sarah Williams, and a Point England School student officially open the school's Whare Hauora in December 2020.

Keeping children healthy and in their communities

Children from Pacific, Māori, and low income families experience significant health inequities compared to other groups. In particular, they are more likely to be admitted to Starship with preventable health conditions.

The Starship Foundation's increasing focus on equity and prevention aims to ensure all New Zealand children have access to high quality healthcare…regardless of their ethnicity, location, or financial circumstances.

With funding from the Starship Foundation and Barfoot & Thompson, and following on from the success of the first 'Whare' at Panmure Bridge Primary, Starship Community opened a second Whare Hauora in December 2020, this time at
Point England School in Auckland.

"It's offering services closer to home... with increasing traffic and demands on time, that's really important to our families."

Project Lead Sarah Williams

This new Whare Hauora on-site nursing clinic is staffed five days a week by Starship Community nurses. The goal is simple — to give Point England School's 600 children access to prompt, high-quality healthcare that works hand-in-hand with their education.

"Healthcare for the community, by the community… it's a really positive thing."

Project Lead Sarah Williams

School staff and whānau can make an appointment for children to see a nurse while they're at school, minimizing disruptions for both child and family. This helps ensure illnesses and conditions are identified sooner, and prevents hospital treatment and missed class time.

Community Nurse and Project Leader Sarah Williams says the Whare Hauora will be a huge benefit for children and the wider community.




Laylani's health turnaround thanks to funded trial

Grace Harris and Laylani
LAYLANI, 16 YEARS | Laylani, pictured together with Grace Harris, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist at Starship.

Keeping children healthy and in their communities

16 year-old Laylani has had type 1 diabetes for 14 years. At times it's been a struggle for her to manage the constant monitoring and insulin injections required to stay well. As a result, she has experienced multiple hospital stays.

When Laylani was selected as one of ten young people for a trial made possible by Starship Foundation supporters like you, she made the most of the opportunity. It's turned her health around. Supplied with monitoring equipment and an insulin pump, together with training and support from the Starship Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Laylani halved her HbA1c level within three months. Her nurse describes this as a fantastic achievement. Better still, she hasn't had any hospital admissions since starting on the trial.

Laylani says: "Before the trial I wasn't really checking as I should have been. The continuous glucose monitor has made such a big difference because I'm able to always see what's going on. And because I have insulin always going in, don't have to worry about giving injections all the time."

Laylani is one of around 2000 young people living with diabetes in New Zealand. The Starship Foundation is helping Starship specialists advance the care and treatment of young people with diabetes in a number of different ways.

"I'd been struggling with my diabetes for a long time. felt quite limited with my diabetes and felt restricted in some of the things that I did, so I'm thankful for this opportunity. It's opened my eyes to more of the things that I'm able to do."


"The ultimate goal is to enable our young people living with diabetes to spend as much time out of hospital as possible, allowing them to live a normal life and to participate in all their usual activities at home and at school."

Fran Mouat, Lead Clinician, Starship Endocrine and Diabetes Service



You can find out more about your impact at the links below or read the complete 2020 Starship Foundation Impact Report [PDF].


Previous Starship Foundation Impact Reports can be found here.