Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal

Fifteen-week old Taonga Peita is a very precious child who has a range of medical complications including Down Syndrome, transient myeloproliferative disorder (TMD), and a hole in his heart.


Taonga spent two and a half weeks in Whangarei Hospital’s Specialist Care Baby Unit (SCBU) after he was born prematurely on May 16 2017, and continues to rely upon oxygen 24/7. Taonga was the Northland face of the 2017 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal.

The 2017 Campaign raised $112,000, $16,000 more than the previous year due to Countdown staff, Child Health Team, and communities’ fundraising efforts. See the Northland District Health Board’s latest media release here:

Over 7,500 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 afford much-needed medical equipment. Since 2007, over $789,000 has been raised nationally for Northland.

The 2018 Fundraising Campaign has started with the Child Health Team planning a Movie Night – Mamma Mia at Whangarei Event Cinemas on the 25th of July 2018 at 6pm, tickets $20 each. See the link below for further details.