About Make-A-Wish New Zealand
Make-A-Wish New Zealand creates life-changing wishes for Kiwi children battling critical illnesses. The power of a wish is more than just a fleeting gift. A wish can help make a positive difference to a child’s physical and emotional healing and help inspire confidence and strength long after the wish has been granted. They help normalise the child’s daily life, and most importantly, as research proves, a wish can improve a child’s quality of life, giving them a better chance of recovery.
Make-A-Wish New Zealand was founded in 1986 and is affiliated with Make-A-Wish International. Make-A-Wish New Zealand granted their first wish to 4-year-old Daniel who had leukemia and wished to have Christmas in October. Since that unforgettable day, over 2000 wishes have been granted to children throughout New Zealand.
Today, Make-A-Wish New Zealand grants bespoke wishes to children with critical illnesses – impacting around 200 wish children, their families and local communities every year. Each wish is unique and designed to transform a child’s life by giving them hope, strength and joy. Receiving no government funding, Make-A-Wish NZ relies on donations and fundraising initiatives to provide the funding to deliver on their mission to ‘transform lives one wish at a time’.