We are moving: Starship Foundation’s new home

An exciting day for Starship is upon us - a culmination of a long-held dream and a pivotal part of its future.

A brand-new research centre focused on improving child health will be opened at a special dawn ceremony under the Matariki stars this July. 

Located directly opposite Starship Hospital, at 111 Grafton Road, the establishment of the facility signifies a major milestone in accelerating clinical research and innovation at our national children’s hospital.

This will also be the new home of the Starship Foundation, where we continue our important mahi, fundraising for Starship Child Health.

Starship Foundation Chairman, Martin Wiseman, says generosity plays a vital role in the eco-system of children’s healthcare and wellbeing the world over.

“The development of this centre was made possible by a remarkable and generous family bequest, a philanthropic act so visionary, that it will undoubtably make a difference for generations to come.”

Since December 2016, the Starship Foundation has funded more than $6 million in clinical research projects, conducted by Starship’s skilled clinicians. Some of these include studies looking into respiratory health for tamariki with cerebral palsy, treatment options for clubfoot and developing better understanding about measles.

Emma Maddren, Starship Director of Medical and Community says the new dedicated space will help build a strong research culture at Starship which will enhance paediatric healthcare in New Zealand.

“This investment in research creates an environment in which our people are questioning and challenging what they do and seeking to improve patient outcomes, health equity and whānau experience. A flourishing research programme also ensures Starship is able to attract and retain talented people.”

For Starship, this is much more than a building. It’s been carefully designed to whiria te tangata -  weave the people together – and will be a new home for the Starship Foundation, the clinical research team and a place to foster partnerships and collaboration.

To embody the intention of the facility, a cultural narrative based on the pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo) was gifted to Starship by Dame Rangimārie Naida Glavish. The pīpīwharauroa lays its eggs in the nest of the grey warbler, which then raises the cuckoo’s babies with the same care and attention it would give its own.

A fitting metaphor for a children’s hospital and this next step towards nurturing a nation of healthy Kiwi kids.

We look forward to you visiting us.