Medical Eligibility

We grant wishes for Kiwi children with a critical illness. A critical illness is defined as a life-threatening stage or with extreme long-term complications.

Critical illnesses include, but are not restricted to: childhood cancers, certain types of muscular dystrophy, certain neurological or genetic diseases, cardiac disorders, renal failure and traumatic injuries.

Read more about our criteria HERE.

Any questions? Please get in touch with our Medical Outreach Specialist.

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How does my patient apply?
Wish Request
The Wish Application Form must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian of the child. They can apply online here.
Medical Eligibility (Your role)
Make-A-Wish NZ will contact you as the child’s medical specialist and will ask to receive in writing confirmation that the child is medically eligible to receive a wish and is appropriately able to participate in a wish.
The Wish
Once you have confirmed that the child is eligible, Make-A-Wish NZ assigns two wish granters (volunteers) for the wish. They arrange to meet the child to determine what the one true wish will be. Some children know exactly what they want, others can take more than one visit before the wish is decided.
Granting the Wish
Once the wish has been confirmed, the Make-A-Wish NZ team sets out to create a magical experience for the child. The time can vary before the wish takes place, depending on what it is and the health of the child. Every effort is made to include the immediate family in the child's wish.

Make-A-Wish represents so much beyond the beauty of a no-strings-attached gift. It becomes a therapy in itself giving hope for a better day. More than that, it’s something the child has control over. In their world, where so much is taken out of their hands, Make-A-Wish remains their chance to choose, to plan and to dream – often only things the child themselves would think of.

Dr Tim Prestidge, Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, Starship Child Health