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Nelson Tasman Hospice is embarking on its most ambitious project in its 30-year history. We are building a new $11.5 million hospice at Suffolk Road in Stoke. With a projected start date of September 2017, our new home for hospice is due to be completed by the end of 2018.

Why The Need for a New Hospice?

Nelson and Tasman’s population is getting older and growing. Demand for our services continue to grow along with the region’s demographics. In the past four years we’ve had a 28% increase in referrals. In the 2016/2017 year we had a total of 367 admissions to hospice services.

Due to the growth of Manuka Street Hospital, we need to leave the current hospice site. Combine this with the expansion of our services and the anticipated additional demand coming our way, our need for a new home on a new site is needed.

This is also an opportunity to meet our communities’ growing and changing needs.

Hospice patient Andy Pui and his daughter Morehu talk about what the Hospice and its services means to them.

The Figures


in referrals over last 4 years


in the 2016/2017 year

The Proposed Building

The proposed design for the hospice facility will include 10-bed units which will mean a better configuration of patient rooms, consulting rooms, and space for families to meet and spend time together, plus outdoor areas.

In addition it will:

operate as a base for hospice’s significant community outreach service, which includes nurses and allied health staff

provide an area for patients to attend a day clinic

include an education centre for our palliative care education team to share their knowledge and experience with other health professionals and carers

provide office and meeting space for our staff, including doctors, nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapist, social workers, counsellors, chaplain, bereavement support co-ordinator and administration staff

be a base for hospice’s hundreds of volunteers who provide wide range of hospice support services throughout the region

be an office for marketing and fundraising

See an aerial view of the new hospice site here.

For the first time since 1999 we will all be under one roof.

How will we fund the new Home for Hospice?

The land has been purchased and the building contract signed with Gibbons Construction Ltd and Irving Smith Architects.

The hospice trust has nearly $8million of funding to put towards the project.  This includes a mixture of reserves, careful savings, investments, assets and bequests/donations.  This also allows the Trust to retain operational reserves and collateral for any project contingency costs.

The hospice receives 65 per cent of its operational funding from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board which leaves a $1 million shortfall each year. This is currently covered by monies raised through the shops, grants, investments and other fundraising activities.

There is no government funding available for the building project.

As a charitable trust, the hospice will apply for a range of national and local capital grants.  We will be identifying and approaching potential cash donors, and securing in-kind donations for the build and fit-out; as well as asking the general public to contribute.

If you would like to donate to this project, go to our donate page and follow the instructions.

  • NMDHB Funding
  • Donations/Grant/Fundraising

A $1 million shortfall each year is met by fundraising, shop revenue, grants and investments.

Aerial view of new hospice location
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