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Health Fund PLUS

What is Health Fund PLUS?

Health Fund PLUS has been set up by Northland Community Foundation and Northland District Health Board (DHB) to provide a way for people to give back to the DHB by way of donations or endowments.  These donations enable the DHB to get the “optional extras” in equipment and services that can make all the difference in providing the best quality healthcare possible. Note: It is never an alternative to Government funding.

Who can give to Health Fund PLUS?

Absolutely anyone can give. All kinds of gifts have been received through Northland Community Foundation over the years. Thousands of people gave to “Project Promise” to build the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre – some gifts were very large, some were very small. All were greatly appreciated. Other people have made bequests to services and departments of the DHB in recognition of their support and care. Others have given specialised equipment or “optional extras” for patient comfort.

One of the special programmes that Northland Community Foundation coordinates annually is the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal. Last year the Appeal donated  $81,000 to Northland DHB who will purchase all kinds of extra equipment specially designed for children.

How can I give to Health Fund PLUS?

Giving is easy. The first thing is to contact Northland Foundation to talk about your idea for a gift. You can phone 020 4139 8518 or 021 558 224 at any time for all the information you need. The staff will help you to decide what is the best way for you. Some people give a regular donation, some give a one-off gift, some prefer to make provisions in their Will. We can discuss all of these options with you.

Or email Northland Community Foundation.

Jim Carney Cancer Treatment CentreJim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre

For several years Northland Community Foundation focused on completing the huge task of working with the community to raise $3million through the ‘Project Promise’ appeal to build the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre for Northland. This goal was achieved through the wonderful support of individuals, families, service groups, businesses and organisations.

The Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre opened in November 2014. It’s not too late to give. A donation to the Cancer Treatment Centre or any other part of Northland DHB’s health service could be your way to say ‘thank you’. If you are interested in talking to us about Health Fund Plus, or about any other aspect of the work of Northland Community Foundation, just give us a call on 020 4139 8518 or email: Northland Community Foundation.

‘Buy a Brick’ To Support Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre

The BNZ Community Wall inside the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre was part of the Project Promise fundraising programme. More than 400 bricks were sold during the campaign. Now that the Centre is built, bricks are still available for purchase for $1,000 to support the ongoing work of the Centre.

Every brick has a message on it. You can choose your own message (up to 40 characters) so that ‘your’ brick is special and personalised.  The gift of a brick is greatly valued by the team at the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre as it is a visual reminder of the people who have supported their work, as well as a reminder of the funds that have been raised.

To buy a brick email Northland Community Foundation.

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I Have a Dream Charitable Trust New Zealand

I Have a Dream is one of Northland DHB’s payroll giving recipients. You can make regular donations through Payroll Giving that will benefit children from Tikipunga/Otangarei who are a part of the local I Have a Dream programme.

Not only is it an easy way to donate, but there is also the added bonus of an immediate tax benefit. If you donate $7.50, the government pays $2.50 of that, meaning only $5 is deducted from your pay packet (only one coffee per week). Download this form and then email it to

The I Have a Dream Charitable Trust’s mission is to inspire and enable children from low-decile schools to reach their full potential, by promoting from an early age, values of higher education, career engagement and life success. To achieve this I Have a Dream establish long-term wraparound academic, health and social services, building partnerships between their schools, families and the community to ensure every child has the resources and networks they need to succeed.

Full-time Navigators follow each year-level of children from early primary, through secondary and into tertiary education to provide mentoring, academic oversight, advocacy and support. Navigators have a formal relationship with the participating schools, work alongside the children’s families, and help coordinate community services.

I Have a Dream’s launch of the Ngātahi Education Initiative (Ngātahi means together, in unison, as one) to the four schools in the Tikipunga/Otangarei communities in Whangarei will inspire the dreams and enable the futures of 1,500 children growing up in material hardship.

2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal

Smiling childOver 7500 children and babies are admitted to one of the four Northland hospitals each year. Funds raised by the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal help Northland DHB Maternal and Child Health Services provide families with travel incubators, apnoea monitors, scanners, breast pumps, an electronic hoist with scales, humidifiers, La-Z-Boy chairs and a range of medical equipment across the SCBU, Maternity Services and other departments.

in 2017 Countdown presented Northland DHB Child Health Services with $112,158 thanks to the amazing support from the Northland community.

Four year-old Whaiawa Tito, who like her dad Pat, has Type 1 diabetes.  There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, and it requires constant careful self-management and good medical care.

Whaiawa is the Northland face of the 2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal which was launched in August and raises funds that will be given to the DHB to buy medical equipment to help ease the stress on the lives of families with a range of medical conditions.

Mum Lisa says because Whaiawa's body doesn't produce insulin, every time she eats they need to know exactly how many carbohydrates are in what she's eating.

"With help from dieticians, we work out ratios to figure out how much insulin to give her. We also have to watch how much activity she does to ensure she doesn't get too low.  It can be especially difficult during an illness, which means something like a tummy bug can be life-threatening to her."

When Whaiawa was diagnosed, the Tito's decided to look for other options to reduce the need for Whaiawa to be finger pricked up to 15 times per day. 

Both Whaiawa and Pat started using Freestyle Libre Blood Sugar Sensors, which constantly monitor their insulin levels without the need for needles. The couple said they wouldn't consider giving them up, despite the hefty $100 per fortnight cost to the family.

The Northland DHB is hoping to use a portion of the funds raised from the 2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal to purchase a stock of Freestyle Libre Blood Sugar Sensors to loan out to families who can't afford the device. 

Each year a group of staff at Countdown Okara in Whangarei, use money from their own pockets to buy items for the Baton’s Up competition they organise as part of the annual Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal because they know it works and helps provide a large chunk of the final proceeds that get donated to the Northland DHB.

This year the team managed to hit the target well before the three-month appeal was up and Countdown Group Manager for the Upper Northland Region, Madison Taylor said that the Okara store had to source raffle books from other stores to keep up with demand. 

Nationwide, communities throughout New Zealand supported Countdown to raise $1.2 million from August until the end of October.  

2018 Update

The Northland community Countdown Kids appeal raised $81,000 and staff from Countdown Okara presented Northland DHB Child Health Services with a cheque on Tuesday 27 November 2018 in store, with the face of the Northland 2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Whaiawa Tito and whānau there for the celebration.

The $81,000 raised from the Appeal this year will go towards buying a stock of these sensors to loan out to parents who can't afford the device.

The sensor gives parents and children a break from the daily finger pricks required to monitor insulin levels and enables them to do a period of intensive sugar monitoring to try to improve their diabetes control.

Northland DHB Chief Executive Dr Nick Chamberlain said it is amazing to have received almost $800,000 over the last 11 years from the Appeal.

“I’m blown away, they’ve delivered more than we expected.  When you walk around our hospitals you see the significant investment into equipment this money has enabled us to purchase which we couldn’t fund. It is a great partnership.” 

 Click here to access the Coundown Kids Hospital Appeal.

1 May, 2019

Dargaville Hospital Just Got More Comfortable

A Gold Star wish list first drawn up in 2007 by staff at Dargaville Hospital is slowly being ticked off thanks to donations from the community and substantial fundraising efforts from local service clubs.

The wish list contains items which are ‘above and beyond’ what the Northland DHB can provide for the Hospital.  The most recent purchase from funds raised was four New Zealand made Romeo recliner chairs for patients and their families to use while staying at Dargaville Hospital.

Kaipara Community Health Trust chief executive Debbie Evans said that the Trust with support from Aratapu Hobson Trust, Northern Wairoa Lions, Ruawai Lions, Dargaville Rotary, Northland Community Foundation Health Fund PLUS and community donations, managed to raise over $6,000 to purchase the four recliners. 

Debbie said she fully appreciates the hundreds of volunteer hours that these organisations invest in getting the funds together as well as the contributions from the community.   

“People generously donated what they could at a collection held outside Countdown Dargaville and shared their own heartwarming stories about the great care they had received in our little hospital.” 

She said the Kaipara Community Health Trust’s purpose was to retain and enhance quality health services for their community, and they continually work on how they can make what they have, better. 

Dargaville Hospital operations manager, Jen Thomas said that all 80 staff have a great sense of pride in the Hospital and work hard to maintain services to the community which provides 24 hour emergency cover, ‘If you’re sick, this is the place to come.’  

Jen acknowledged the support from far and wide with services such as the mobile surgical bus coming to perform minor surgery at a local level to save patients having to travel to Whangarei.  She also explained how the use of Telehealth equipment meant they could manage complex patients with the assistance of ICU until the helicopter arrived. 

Jen said without the ongoing support from their sponsors and the community they couldn’t do what they do.  She thanked them from the bottom of her heart for not only providing the funds for the four recliners which will make a massive difference to families but also for contributing to many other fundraising projects they have been involved in. 

Health Fund PLUS has been set up by Northland DHB and Northland Community Foundation to provide a way for people to give to the DHB by way of donations or endowments. 

These donations or gifts enable us to get the ‘optional extras’ in equipment and services for the DHB that can make all the difference in providing the best quality healthcare possible. 

Note that donations and gifts are never used as an alternative to Government funding.

Giving is easy. The first thing is to have people contact Northland Community Foundation to talk about their idea for a gift. 

Call Northland Community Foundation on 021 558 224 at any time for all the information you need. 

Some people give a regular donation, some give a one-off gift, some prefer to make provisions in their Will. The Northland Community Foundation will discuss all of these options. 

Image: Dargaville Hospital Operations Manager Jen Thomas and Kaipara Community Health Trust Chief Executive Debbie Evans (left) and Representatives from Lions and Rotary Groups that helped fundraise for the Recliners

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