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).

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.

Our icon
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:
Clinical services

  • 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

Social interaction

  • 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

Other services

  • 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.

Our challenge
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.

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 $1.1 million for renovations and the fit out that will make Te Whare Rānui a reality.

We have raised $1,064,688 toward this building so far, and the main work has been completed. But we need your donations to raise another $100,000 so we can finish the fit-out of this beautiful base. While raising this money this is a big challenge, we know how generous our supporters have been for Mary Potter Hospice in the past. Please contribute what you can to support Mary Potter Hospice in your community – every donation counts, and we are grateful for all your gifts. Please help your local Hospice and donate today.

For more information please contact:
Phillip Harris – Senior Fundraiser
Phone: 04 381 0191
Email: phillip.harris@marypotter.org.nz

Te Whare Rānui – Case for Support