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

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.

From our Chief Executive Officer

At North Haven Hospice we are indebted to the many people in our community who support us to deliver a service that is of an excellent standard. Each year we care for more than 500 patients, their families, and whanau and can only do this because of the commitment of our Hospice team, our volunteers, the business community, and the many groups and individuals who provide their help in so many ways.

It is my privilege to work as part of a team of professional and committed individuals who live our values every day as we walk alongside patients, their families and whanau to offer compassionate,  specialist palliative care.


 Leonie Gallaher
Chief Executive Officer

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 more than sixty staff who work from our Hospice base and our two charity shops in Whangarei and Waipu.