Wishes do come true for a deserving Kawerau Family

Date published: April 24, 2014 at 11:37 am | Comments

It seems that most people in Kawerau know the Mitai family. The doors to their family home always seem to be open and you can hear laughter down the street. Wini and her husband William are generous and community spirited – people that you would be delighted to have as your neighbours.

But what makes this so much more remarkable is that 5 of their 11 children have a serious neurological disorder called Autosomal Neurocutaneous Syndrome. They require wheelchairs, have limited communication and require 24 hour care.

Next Thursday 1st May is going to be a special day in the Mitai household – this is the day that Make-A-Wish will deliver two special wishes for sisters Idamei and Piarimu.

Idamei is 11 and her wish is for a therapeutic spa pool with a special hoist to enable the children to be more easily lifted into the water.

Piarimu is older and her wish has been a while in the making – a wheelchair swing. These are very large and expensive and Make-A-Wish was able to work with the Variety Club of NZ to provide a temporary swing earlier this year while they worked to organise a permanent one.

Make-A-Wish grants the special wishes of kiwi kids aged 3-17 all over NZ with life threatening medical conditions, bringing hope, strength and joy at a very challenging time in their lives. They grant over 200 wishes each year – everyone is unique but the Mitai family has a special place in everyone’s hearts.

“We are very excited to be in Kawerau next Thursday 1st May” says Make-A-Wish Fundraising and Marketing Manager, Annabel Lush. “We first came in contact with the Mitai family back in 2011 when Make-A-Wish created a sensory room for big brother Edward. We soon learned that any family with a disabled child was welcome to come and enjoy it which we think is wonderful.”

Make-A-Wish is also going to have the wish delivery professionally filmed and then turned into a video to share on line with all their supporters. “Make-A-Wish in New Zealand is part of Make-A-Wish International” explains Annabel. “There are wishes granted in 50 countries around the world. We are looking forward to sharing Idamei and Piarimu’s wishes with our global Make-A-Wish colleagues”.

The Spa pool and wheelchair will be installed during the afternoon and then the big reveal will take place for all the children, their caregivers and their friends.


For media enquiries to come to the wish delivery on Thursday 1st May in Kawerau or to have additional information sent afterwards. Please contact:

Annabel Lush
Fundraising and Marketing Manager
Make-A-Wish New Zealand
E: Annabel@makeawish.org,nz
M: 021 738 990
T: 09 920 4760

Source: Make-a-Wish Foundation