Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Knitting community strong in West Auckland

Knitting community strong in West Auckland

Donations for our young patients

Whether it’s a pair of tiny booties, a blanket, or a cuddly teddy, knitting created by community groups and individuals for the babies at Waitakere Hospital is put to good use and greatly appreciated.

Generous people from all over West Auckland are donating their time and skills to knit much-needed items for our tiniest patients.

Joyce Baker (pictured above) is a member of the West Auckland Machine Knitters Club that regularly knits for the Special Care Baby Unit and Maternity Ward at Waitakere Hospital.

Joyce creates beautiful knitted dolls (also pictured above) which go into packs for families heading home with new babies.

Meanwhile over at Crestwood Retirement Village, several residents regularly support the hospital with their knitting handiwork.

Pictured above left are Lois Hart (left) and Lorraine Murray, both from the village, proudly displaying Lorraine’s latest piece, a baby blanket for the Maternity Ward at Waitakere Hospital.

Improving patient and family experience

These women, local community groups and many who give in other ways, help to make experiences at our hospital just that bit better and ensure that every little baby goes home with something.

“Sometimes the families with us don’t have much and to be able to take home a quality knitted blanket, pair of booties, a teddy, or a tiny hat means so much to them,” says Special Care Baby Unit Charge Nurse Manager, Diane Chesney.  “A big thank you to everyone for their treasured gifts.”

If you would like to offer any knitting or volunteer your time to help us improve patient experiences, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact or call 09 447 0138. 


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