The Māia Health Foundation was established in October 2015 and obtained charitable status in November of the same year. In May 2016, the foundation was officially launched. Throughout the years, the foundation has achieved significant milestones and made substantial contributions to various healthcare projects.
In 2015, the foundation received a large bequest and gift from the estate of Cyril Smith, and the Rainbow Children's Trust donated $1.2 million for children's facility upgrades. Westpac became the first founding business partner, and several other organizations, such as Archibalds, MainPower, and EA Networks, joined as supporters or partners.
In 2018, the foundation launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise $1 million for a rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital. The campaign was successful, with donations matched by the Rātā Foundation, and support from other entities such as the Canterbury Orthopaedic Services Trust and the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation.
The foundation's involvement in events like NZ Cup & Show Week and partnerships with organizations like Canterbury Cricket and Buddle Findlay Child Health Foundation furthered their fundraising efforts. The inaugural Feast held in 2017 raised over $250,000.
In 2020, the foundation completed the construction of a rooftop helipad and enhanced child health facilities, achieving their initial goal of raising $5.2 million. They also made improvements to the Burwood Spinal Injuries Unit and announced funding for children with rare cancers.
In 2022, the Māia Health Foundation organized The Feast at Te Pae Christchurch, raising $300,000 for the new Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health Outpatient Facility.
Throughout its journey, the Māia Health Foundation has garnered support from numerous businesses, families, and individuals who have joined as founding champions, partners, or donors, contributing to the foundation's mission of enhancing healthcare services in the community.
To see each achievement across the years see below or read our Impact Report here.