Canterbury, together we've landed the rooftop helipad for our region! Ngā mihi.

13 Minutes Matter

13 minutes. That's the average transfer time by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital, after landing in Hagley Park. Minutes matter when you need emergency care.

Māia Health Foundation is on a mission to raise $2 million by 2020 towards a future-proofed rooftop helipad for one of New Zealand’s busiest trauma centres. This will mean patients receive hospital care immediately on touchdown. 

By donating to this project you are helping us to inch ever so much closer to landing the helipad on Christchurch Hospital for good. 

Together, let’s land our helipad! 

Our Heroes 

You never know when you could be the one to need emergency care. Hear from our heroes why it's vital we get the rooftop helipad - they know all too well the difference that 13 minutes could make in getting hospital treatment sooner.

We are Māia Health Foundation

Many New Zealanders will have the need for health services at certain times in their life. Ill-health does not discriminate and well-being is important for everyone.

Māia Health Foundation is raising money for game changing health projects for the South Island. Helping New Zealanders get the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

Find out more about Māia Health Foundation.


How 13 Minutes Makes a Difference

For the seriously ill and injured, 13 minutes feels like a very long time. This is the average time it currently takes to transfer by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital, after landing in Hagley Park. It takes the same amount of time to fly a patient from Akaroa to Christchurch. 

Patients are flown to Christchurch from all over the South and lower North Islands. The transfer process from Hagley Park is far from ideal, compromising both patient privacy, exposing patients to further risk, and draining critical resources like ambulance and police services.

The Christchurch Hospital redevelopment plans had provision for a small helipad. Māia is raising funds to provide for a purpose-built and future-proofed rooftop helipad. 

The new rooftop helipad will eliminate double handling of patients and free up resources. For the neonatal unit, it will quicken the pickup and unloading of a neonatal incubator by up to an hour on a round trip.

The larger helipad will mean two helicopters can be on the roof at once, as well allowing for larger long range aircraft to land. This is critical given the increasing number of airport transfers to Christchurch Hospital.

The future-proofed rooftop helipad and clinical support unit will dramatically reduce the time it takes for critically unwell patients to access immediate, life-saving treatment on touchdown, and a quicker transition to full care for routine transfers.

Find out more about the rooftop helipad project.