Te Whare Rānui
Mary Potter Hospice is developing a community base in Porirua to meet the diverse needs of the people of North Wellington and Porirua (Khandallah to Pukerua Bay). As the only hospice providing services in Porirua it is crucial that we respond to the needs of our community.
The name Te Whare Rānui was gifted to Mary Potter Hospice by Ngāti Toa, expressing their support for the project and our presence in the region. It means the home of light and warmth. It is our vision that this is what people receive when they come to Te Whare Rānui.
Why are we creating this community space?
Last year 234 patients were referred into our North Wellington/Porirua service. This number will rise significantly as the population ages and increases.
The development of the community hub will enable us to better meet the growing and diverse needs of people in this area facing a terminal illness. There will be no Inpatient Unit, this remains at Newtown and continues to meet the very specific needs of Inpatients. Helping us meet this need, in addition to staff, will be a team of volunteers such as Day Unit helpers, biographers, shop volunteers, community companions, drivers, cooks and warehouse assistants.
The name connect our service to the people and landscape. The designer of this logo is Pita Mei, the son of a Hospice staff member. The image combines Māori and Pasifika influences. The spearhead design is a symbol of courage, and the Plumeria flower is a beautiful Pasifika icon.
Hospice services to be offered at Te Whare Rānui
Te Whare Rānui will be a warm, vibrant and welcoming place in the heart of our region. We are working with Maori and Pasifika advisory groups to ensure that the hub meets the specific cultural needs of those communities.
Te Whare Rānui will be a centre for:
- Our specialist multi-disciplinary palliative care team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, counsellors and other therapists will use Te Whare Rānui as a base
- Specialist palliative care outpatient appointments with our doctors
- Clinical staff connecting with GPs, Primary Health Organisations, support service organisations and others to provide the very best support to patients and whanau.
- Equipment made available to patients and their families
- Community day groups where people living with a terminal illness can meet, supported by our specially trained volunteers
- Support sessions for carers.
- Training and education for clinical staff
- Community education
- Healing through storytelling – culturally appropriate support for Māori and Pasifika
- Information sessions on end-of-life matters like funerals and Wills
- Education programmes for other organisations in how to work with people living with a terminal illness
- Volunteers contributing to their communities and learning new skills
- Children and young people’s groups
- Mental health support relating to bereavement
- Spaces that can be used by the wider community for meetings, events and gatherings.
In 2017 we committed to purchasing the building from which to run Te Whare Rānui. We had an exciting vision for our work in this area, and this building became available. We have taken a courageous leap of faith, knowing that it was the best option for our patients, families and the wider community. We have now moved in to a small section of the building. Our challenge is to renovate the rest of the building to provide the facilities shown here in red.
Can you please help?
The total cost to complete Te Whare Rānui is $3 million. The purchase of the building and land, and the first stage of the renovation is already funded at a cost of $2 million. The challenge put to friends of Mary Potter Hospice is to raise at least $1 million for renovations and the fit out that will make Te Whare Rānui a reality.
A message from the Mary Potter Hospice Foundation Chair:
The Board of Mary Potter Hospice sees the establishment of Te Whare Rānui as a crucial part of the Hospice’s future strategy. Meeting the needs of Wellington’s diverse communities is high on our list of priorities. The Board is challenged by the increasing need for our services across our region. Te Whare Rānui is at the heart of our geographic area and provides the ideal place from which to provide our expanding community services.
The Board is exceptionally grateful to you for considering this request for funds. You will be contributing to a service that all people in North Wellington and Porirua will be able to benefit from. Thank you.
Me ahu mai ngā whētu
May the guilding stars light our way
If you would like to more information about Te Whare Ranui, or would like to help fund this project please contact:
Phillip Harris – Senior Fundraiser
Phone: 04 381 0191