About Us

Hospice Waikato is a Charitable Trust founded by Margaret Broad in 1981. 

Today Hospice Waikato operates out of its hub the Gallagher Family Hospice on Cobham Drive, Hamilton. We have 105 paid staff,  650 volunteers and every year we provide palliative care services for 1300 patients.

Hospice services are for patients with any advanced, progressive and life limiting disease that require the services of a specialist palliative care team to assist in management of care and to support the people who care for them. Hospice Waikato’s services are available to all people, regardless of their ethnicity, age, culture or gender.

Hospice Waikato provides services to anyone who needs them across the Waikato, King Country and Thames-Coromandel, mirroring the region also covered by the Waikato District Health Board. Our region, geographically, is the second largest covered by any Hospice in New Zealand.

While the Waikato District Health Board funds part of our running costs, we are required to fundraise $2 million dollars annually to provide our services. The shortfall comes largely from generous donations from our community and funding partners.

Mission Statement

Hospice affirms life. Hospice provides holistic care for people who have reached a palliative stage in their illness where the focus of treatment is on comfort, dignity and quality of life. Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice integrates the physical [tinana] social [whanau] emotional [hinengaro] and spiritual [wairua] aspects of care that support the dying person and their family / whanau / carers. Hospice recognises grief as a normal response to loss and offers support to family / whanau / carers during the person’s illness and their bereavement.

Our vision 

Anyone who is dying has the opportunity to celebrate their life and to make the most of every moment with the help of Hospice Waikato.

Our philosophy of care 

Our care has a unique whole person approach – physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are equally important.

Our values

Community – Advocacy – Respect – Empathy


Hospice Waikato Founder Margaret Broad

Waikato Community Hospice was founded by Margaret Broad in 1981. Scottish born, trained as a nurse in London, Margaret worked as a volunteer at Assisi Home near Hamilton.  Her interest in hospice philosophy began during her nursing training where she observed many people dying alone in private rooms, because nurses were too busy caring for the living. Margaret’s vision was for a homely, peaceful place run by staff in casual dress and with everyone on first name terms.

Margaret studied Hospices in the United Kingdom and her work was acknowledged by being the recipient of the Winston Churchill Fellowship.

Our Patron

Hospice Waikato Patron

Sir William Gallagher, KNZM, MBE, HonsD

“One measure of the worth of a community is the value it places on the social and welfare services it delivers.  Our hospice plays a key role in the delivery of one of these important services, palliative care.  Its services are given at no charge to individuals of all ages and from all walks of life.”



Ko te tumanako kia eke ki tona puaawaitanga mo ngaa whaanau katoa. Together with our help may Hospice Waikato continue to blossom for all our families.

Koroneihana Cooper, QSM, JP, Kaumaatua Consultant

Ko Taupiri te Maunga Ko Waikato te Awa Ko Tainui te Waka Ko Potatau te Tangata Taupiri is the mountain Waikato is the river Tainui is the canoe King Potatau is our beginning
He aha te mea nui o tea o Maku e ki atu He Tangata He Tangata He Tangata What would you consider Most important in this world? The People The People The People


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