Coming together after cyclone chaos

Summer’s extreme weather events caused major damage and loss for many Aucklanders, and with a team of around 14,000 at Auckland City Hospital, some of our healthcare workers were among those hit hard.

It is heartening to see manaaki (generosity, hospitality and care) in action when times are hard.

We knew people wanted to support those most impacted, especially those already affected by financial hardship from COVID disruptions.

Our Manaaki Fund was set up to provide immediate relief to hospital workers doing it tough – assisting with necessities such as food, accommodation, petrol vouchers and mobile phone top-ups.

Generous co-funding from two supporters – the Little Kowhai Trust (administered by Perpetual Guardian) and the Hugh Green Foundation – contributed $20,000 to the Manaaki Fund.

This significant gift is helping healthcare workers and their whānau recover and rebuild. Many of these dedicated kaimahi (workers) provide essential support as cleaners, orderlies or kitchen staff; and, without them, clinical teams could not provide the best care to their patients.

Hospital staff also rallied around their affected colleagues, donating $11,000 in immediate support during February alone, with some offering continued support via payroll giving.

With a total of $31,000 raised, it is heartening to see manaaki (generosity, hospitality and care) in action when times are hard. As we learnt during the pandemic, looking out for each other can make all the difference.

Thank you to everyone who stepped up and stood by our healthcare workers, helping them get back on their feet.

Find out more about our Manaaki Fund, and how you can support kaimahi wellness and welfare at Auckland City Hospital, by clicking here.