We’ve been your Hospice since 1979

May 8th, 2019

Mary Potter Hospice has a proud history of care, compassion and commitment to the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti.

Sister Inusi’i playing guitar for fellow staff and patients in the late 70s

The story of Mary Potter Hospice began when the Little Company of Mary, a group of Catholic Sisters founded by the Venerable Mary Potter, established Calvary Hospital in Florence Street, Newtown in 1929.  Sister Margaret Lancaster of the Little Company of Mary led a movement that resulted in the commitment to make hospice services available to all patients regardless of age, religion, financial situation or ethnicity.

Sister Margaret Lancaster of the Little Company of Mary. They advocated in the early 1970s to set up beds to nurse the dying and by 1979, the Sisters had established New Zealand’s first Hospice – Mary Potter Hospice.

This year, we celebrate 40 years since Mary Potter Hospice was gifted to the people of the Wellington region. We feel a strong sense of stewardship and accountability to continue to develop the vision of our founders. From humble beginnings we have grown into the organisation we are today – serving close to 900 patients plus their families/whānau every year.

We are proud to be celebrating 40 years with you. We are committed to providing our community with compassionate, free-of-charge palliative care. ​We whole-heatedly thank you, the people of Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti for your continued support to make this possible.


Become a part of our future

Mary Potter Hospice is a local charity and relies on your support. Each year we need to raise around $7 million to keep our services free. Whether you’re donating in memory of a loved one, in appreciation of hospice care, or simply because you believe in the work we do – thank you. It’s people like you that make our work possible.