North Haven Hospice shares a very special ‘sense of place’ with our local iwi.

Located high on the hills of Tikipunga, the buildings of Hospice overlook the historic Paranui Valley - a place rich in history where the sick and injured were sent for respite, recuperation and convalescence during the land wars many years ago.

This wairua threads through all aspects of our hospice service many years on. It empowers our commitment to deliver the highest standard of specialist palliative care within an environment of warmth and compassion, whether at North Haven Hospice or out in our community. At Hospice we recognise the aroha and support of our local iwi and their help to ensure that together, we build strong foundations on this land. 

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.


 Early beginnings

North Haven Hospice started from small beginnings in 1985 as a volunteer organisation that occupied the former Superintendent’s house at Whangarei Hospital. Under the guidance of a retired surgeon, the late Mr. Bob Spencer and a team of dedicated volunteers, the service soon proved its need in the community.

In 1996, North Haven Hospice relocated to Takahe Street in Tikipunga where the first sod of earth was turned by local Kaumatua. Over the past twenty years North Haven Hospice has continued to grow in response to community need and today we employ 88 staff (49 FTE eqivialent) who work from our Hospice base and our two charity shops in Whangarei and Waipu.