Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions not answered below, please do get in contact with us. 

What does Koru Care Christchurch do?

Koru Care Christchurch’s aim is to give some very special children aged between 9 and 15 years, an experience of a lifetime, assisting them to forget for a short time, their own serious (often ongoing) medical problems and enjoy themselves, as children should. Most of these special experiences involve planes and flights, and every experience is fun, our aim is to achieve miles of smiles for children.

In particular, Koru Care Christchurch takes up to 24 children to Disneyland, USA each year. You only need to see the smiles on their faces to appreciate what a difference a Koru Care experience can make to a child's outlook and sense of achievement and happiness. Koru Care is a not-for-profit organisation that endeavours to raise the funds needed for each experience.

How many Koru Care regions are there in New Zealand?

There are four Koru Care regions in New Zealand, each region is separate and has their own constitution, rules and policies. 

The Christchurch region covers from Waimate, in the south, the West Coast of the South Island, Nelson and Marlborough and of course Christchurch city.  From time to time Koru Care Christchurch accepts applications for children from the Wellington area.

What does Koru Care provide for children selected for overseas trips? Koru Care will provide these children with:

  • Airfares and all internal travel
  • Accommodation 
  • Entry fees to all the attractions 
  • Meals  
  • Medical care 
  • 24 hour caregivers 
  • Travel uniform 
  • Medical Insurances 
  • Travel Visas to USA 
  • What is the financial cost to the parents? Koru Care Christchurch covers all expenses.

However, on the USA trip we expect the parents to supply a current passport and some spending money to cover the child’s souvenir purchases and special gifts for their siblings 

What type of medical problems do the children have?

We provide special experiences for children with varied medical diagnoses, for example, children with cerebral palsy; heart and kidney conditions; childhood cancers; spinal injuries; strokes; muscular dystrophy; congenital disorders; disfigurement from burns, scaring or limb loss; various complex syndromes that effect the body; hearing and visual impairment; also those children who have had numerous surgical procedures; the list is a very lengthy one.

It is important to note the following:

  • Not every child Koru Care receives an application for is accepted 
  • Not every child with a medical diagnosis qualifies, for a Koru Care experience 
  • Koru Care has a waiting list.

How are the children selected?

Koru Care receives lots of applications for children, so we do have a lengthy selection process, parts of this process include:

  • A comprehensive written Application form which is completed by the parents and by the child’s general practitioner; 
  • Provision of a variety of doctors letters; reports on hospital procedures and clinic appointments; provision of laboratory and radiology results 
  • A telephone interview with parent, and visit/s with the child and their family 
  • Sometimes, but not always, contact is made with the child’s school 
  • Medical diagnosis, age, mobility, maturity, and dependence all come into the selection process 
  • Gaining Medical Insurance, for travel overseas, is also extremely important part of the application/selection process

How do I download an Application Form?

You can download an application form by clicking here.

What type of experiences do you provide for the kids?

We provide a wide variety of fun experiences and activities. These include:

Trips to California which include visits to Seaworld San Diego Zoo, Universal studios, Knottsberry Farm, California Adventureland and DISNEYLAND.

Special national and local experiences which include a mystery long weekend in Auckland, Special Flights, (for example DC3, Boeing 777 Xmas flight & Dreamliner) meeting up with the Crusaders and other well known Cantabrians; being part of a Koru Care Dance Group, being involved in “Arty Party Classes”, Mid Winter Swims;

Air New Zealand Tech Ops / Christchurch Engine Centre Open Day - Get an up-close experience in the main hangar amongst some cool aircraft, static displays and some fun activities including fire engines, bouncy castles, aircraft walkthroughs and visits to the engine workshop. ETC.

What is the financial cost to the parents?

Koru Care Christchurch covers all expenses. 

However, on the USA trip we expect the parents to supply a current passport and some spending money to cover the child’s souvenir purchases and special gifts for their siblings