What does Make-A-Wish® New Zealand do?

The key mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the special wishes of children who are battling critical illnesses to give them hope, strength and joy at a very difficult time in their lives.

How did Make-A-Wish® begin?

Make-A-Wish originated in the United States in 1980. It grew from the dreams of a young boy Christopher Greicius, who had leukaemia and wanted to be a patrolman. His dream came true and after he passed away, his mother Linda Bergendahl-Pauling, helped form Make-A-Wish.

Does money donated only go to New Zealand children?

Yes. Although, Make-A-Wish is a worldwide charity, the money raised in New Zealand goes towards granting wishes to New Zealand children. 

How large is Make-A-Wish in New Zealand?

Make-A-Wish New Zealand is a national charity with over 100 volunteers throughout New Zealand. Make-A-Wish has over 50 affiliates worldwide. 

How many wishes do you grant?

Make-A-Wish New Zealand grants more than 200 wishes a year. Worldwide Make-A-Wish has granted more than 250,000 wishes. 

What types of illnesses do wish children suffer from?

All wish recipients have a critical illnesses. Although this covers a range of conditions approximately 60% of children who are granted wishes have some form of cancer. 

How is a child eligible for a wish?

To qualify for a wish the child must have, in the opinion of their medical specialist, a critical illness. The child must also be between the age of 3 and 17 years of age at the time of application. Make-A-Wish does not means test and is non-religious. All eligible wish children receive a wish.

What if a wish cannot be granted to an eligible child ?

Our job is to make the impossible possible, so it is a very rare occurrence that we cannot create an appropriate experience for a child in line with their one true wish.  If a wish cannot be granted due to health reasons or other circumstances beyond our control, we will seek a second wish from the child.

What are the most common wishes?

Every wish is as unique and special as each child and is only limited by the child's imagination.  From going on scary rides with dad or creating magical memories with family members, to princess playhouses, tree huts, bedroom makeovers, meeting celebrities or swimming with dolphins, our aim is always to uncover the one true wish.  Check out our wish stories section to see some recent examples of just how magical each wish is.

How does Make-A-Wish New Zealand raise money?

Make-A-Wish New Zealand raises money to grant wishes in a variety of ways including: 

  • Cause-related marketing
  • Sponsorship
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Direct donations 

How do I apply for a wish?

Download a Wish Request Form here

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