Starship Atrium Build Project

We're building an awesome new area for whānau who have tamariki in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), to rest and re-energise.

We’re creating a purpose-built PICU whānau area inspired by te taiao (nature) of Aotearoa . The new whānau rooms will be equipped with kai room and more facilities to make your visits easier. 

What does that mean for you and your tamariki coming to Starship?

Building works are happening in the main atrium of Starship on Level 2 and 3, as new areas are built to make space for the whānau rooms, including new office spaces. This also means that there will be some changes to other areas around the atrium.

New routes

These include:

  • A new entrance way to Starship on Level 2 (near the Children's Emergency Department). All other entrances will stay the same.

  • The Level 2 atrium will be closed

  • The Level 3 atrium bridge will be closed

  • The route through the atrium to Day Stay is currently closed. Staff will be available to take you through the theatre corridor.

We know coming to Starship can be a stressful time for you and your tamariki, so we want to make it as easy for you as possible. Don't worry - there will be plenty of signs and information around Starship to help you find your way.

And of course, you can always ask one of our helpful volunteers who you can find at the Level 1 and 2 entrances of Starship during normal daytime hours.


Building can be noisy! During your visit you may notice some building noises and vibration. We will make sure this will affect you as little as possible. Some of this work may be disruptive, but the day to day running of services at Starship will stay the same.

What's on the move

  • Current PICU whānau rooms will move from Level 2 Atrium to Level 3 rooms near the Outpatients reception area

  • Radio Lollipop will move, but it will still be operating.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We suggest you try to arrive early to your appointment, just to give yourself extra time to find your way.

We will keep you updated on any further changes that might impact your visit so check back in before your next visit!