Our New Hospice

Cranford Hospice is at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay community. For over 36 years, we have cared for people when illness is incurable, and symptoms are getting worse.

We have walked alongside thousands of patients, families and whānau to improve the quality of life that remains, to understand what matters most in their life and to focus on the person and their family rather than their illness

But Cranford Hospice has some unique challenges to address. With a growing and ageing population, and patients living longer with more complex medical problems, our current building is unable to provide the space that we need.

Private spaces are limited and there is no room to provide services such as day services that we know would further benefit patients, families and whānau. We are also unable to accommodate our expanding team essential to supporting the future needs of our community. Additionally, the age of our current building means there is a significant maintenance cost to keep its doors open.

We now have an exciting opportunity to overcome these challenges.  To build a new home for hospice that better meets the needs of the people of Hawke’s Bay, now and in the future.

The Joan Fernie Charitable Trust has generously gifted land at Chesterhope Station in Pakowhai, as the site for our new home.

Chesterhope is located midway between Napier and Hastings and accessible directly from Pakowhai Road, one of the main arterials between our two cities. It is in a secluded rural location surrounded by an arboretum of trees, complete with its own lake and gardens. The grounds, originally designed in the early 1900s by curators from Kew Gardens, will provide an idyllic setting that would be perfect for our patients, families and whānau.

Building a fit for the future hospice gives us an opportunity to create something special for our community; a place in which we can continue to provide the very best care, support and lasting life memories for patients, families and whānau for many years to come.

The design of our new home will be better for patients, families and whānau. As well as an 8-bed inpatient unit, there will be rooms designed and equipped for day services, clinics, therapeutic activities, quiet reflection, group support and education.  It will also accommodate our expanding community nursing, family support and administration teams.

The Cranford Hospice Foundation has accepted the challenge to lead this project. Following a fundraising feasibility study completed in June 2018, they are confident that this important project will be supported by the people of Hawke’s Bay.

The estimated cost of the project will be $15 million.  This includes all building, planning and consultancy costs.  A total of $10 million must be pledged before the decision is made to commence building.  We know this is a lot of money.  And we cannot do this without the support from the people of Hawke’s Bay.

Please contact us if you would like more information to support our New Hospice.