Our project team

Harbour Hospice Chief Executive Jan Nichols leads a specialist team, who are all committed to, and passionate about creating a world-class space that can continue to support the urgent needs of our community now and well into the future.

The project is managed by a committee of health service planners, industry experts, business leaders and Harbour Hospice trustees and staff members. Through each step of the journey, the team has worked closely with user groups including patients, families, volunteers and staff to ensure our final design solution gives the best possible outcome for the wider community.

We have engaged New Zealand architectural firm, Klein, who specialise in healthcare design; project managers, Johnstaff; White Associates; and fundraising consultants, Gifting Strategy

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From left - Project Director Graeme Birkhead, Project Manager Doug Whitcombe, Harbour Hospice Chief Executive Jan Nichols and Rucon Director Dan Russek.

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GRAEME BIRKHEAD / Project Director

Graeme Birkhead is an experienced Director and Construction Advisor. In addition to our vital redevelopment project, Graeme also provides Advisory Board and Construction advice to a Build to Rent Development in Onehunga, and a redevelopment of Unitec Polytech. Graeme is the Chair of the NZ Institute of Building, and Director / Trustee of the Auckland City Mission where he chairs the Property Committee and oversees the Mission’s 10-story timber building redevelopment.

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DOUG WHITCOMBE / Project Manager

Doug Whitcombe is our Project Manager and the Auckland Regional Manager of Johnstaff.

He's worked in the New Zealand property and construction industry for the past 19 years and has been involved in all aspects of the industry including design team management, project management/delivery, construction management and contract management. His experience includes a track record of successfully delivering a range of project sizes up to $150 million and project types including residential, commercial, industrial, civil/infrastructure, base build and tenant fit-out.

Doug places a strong emphasis on creating a cohesive team to ensure best for project outcomes.

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Klein is widely regarded as New Zealand’s most experienced and acclaimed health care practice, delivering award winning, transformative design services to government, private businesses and not-for-profit clients throughout New Zealand.

Driven by a love of life-enhancing architecture, they take great satisfaction in creating beautiful spaces that respect regional and cultural influences, and contribute in some way to the wellbeing of people and communities.


Rucon Construction & Property

With expertise in high value redevelopments and by harnessing expert thinking in healthcare projects, Rucon was appointed to lead the construction team following a competitive tender process. Its highly considered approach acknowledges and provides solutions to minimise disruption to patient care and family support.

“This job not only requires immense planning but a deep level of sensitivity and understanding of the critical work of Hospice. Some families will be experiencing moments they’ll never get back, so minimising noise and disturbance, along with delivering an exceptional future-proofed solution, is core to the success of this project,” Rucon Director, Dan Russek, said.

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White Associates

White Associates are expert Property and Construction Consultants and Quantity Surveyors. They are regarded as leaders in their field, which they say comes down to the whole team’s commitment to “putting the client’s needs first.”

They specialise in giving definitive costs as well as analysis and advice on where a project can be enhanced. Their experienced team develop strategies and options for each project to ensure informed decisions are made, risk is reduced and uncertainty is eliminated.

Company founder Graham White has an outstanding track record in cost consulting, including working on projects for major clients including government departments and private organisations.