Community impact

The impact of this project extends far and wide with significant benefits for patients and their families, our inpatient and community doctors, nurses and support teams and the wider North Shore community. 

For patients and their families 


  • A state-of-the-art community centre where patients and families can visit health professionals, attend support groups, day programmes and other group activities or receive complementary therapies. These programmes assist people to live well at home
  • 15 patient rooms, fold down beds for family/whānau and ensuite bathrooms, to be opened gradually as funding increases. Nine rooms available initially
  • Improved facilities, including kitchens, for families and carers of patients
  • Specially designed family/whānau areas, including two dedicated self-contained overnight bedrooms
  • Rooms available for patients and families to sit and meet privately
  • A beautifully landscaped, safe environment to enjoy and relax
  • Designated spaces reserved for quiet introspection, reflection, or spirituality
  • A modernised kitchen designed to deliver high quality, personalised food to patients and families in both the Inpatient Unit and community wings.
When 32-year-old Andrew Porteous became a Harbour Hospice patient, a support team wrapped around him and his family to ensure he could live every moment, enjoy milestone celebrations with his kids, and even see his favourite band play live! Read Andrew's story here...

For the wider community 


  • Preserved and improved buildings, designed to lift spirits and provide wonderful comfort for future generations
  • A beautifully restored building for the North Shore community to take pride in and celebrate
  • A place in which North Shore people visiting their family members and friends can feel supported and proud
  • Multi-use spaces, including a training room which may be hired out, and will be used for a range of both health professional and community training
  • A place in which our valued volunteers can continue to deliver and expand their contribution, with pride.

For our healthcare professionals

  • For the community team: Improved facilities and clinical team workspaces for our interdisciplinary team of specialist doctors, nurses, family support team, therapists and specially trained volunteers to provide 24/7 care
  • For the Inpatient Unit staff: Improved facilities for the multidisciplinary care team, to enable them to provide 24/7 care and to provide better access to patients and their families
  • Modern outpatient, consultation and education rooms
  • Modern equipment
  • Multi-function rooms to deliver education and family support programmes
  • Family meeting rooms for our team to hold in-depth discussions with patients and families

When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, my world crumbled. I wondered how I would cope with our very young family. Andrew was 32, our daughter Lauren was 3 and our son Martin was just two weeks old.

Emma Eaglen-Porteous, Family Member