Rainbow Place


Working in partnership with families, Rainbow Place provides specialised nursing care and support for children and young people.

Hospice Waikato is the only New Zealand Hospice to offer a specialist child-focused palliative care service. Rainbow Place is where children, young people and their families/whānau can find care and support throughout this most difficult time.

We understand that your life has changed. Caring for a child with a life limiting illness or terminal condition changes a family’s life forever, it’s exhausting, rewarding, sometimes positive and often painful. Your Rainbow Place team will be with you as you undertake this journey, offering advice and support as you require.

We visit in your home, hospitals and community (e.g. schools, marae) and coordinate the care of your child, working with all health care professionals involved while acknowledging that parents and caregivers know the child best. Rainbow Place also offers respite care. This helps to ensure the whole family/whānau get the support (and sleep) needed. Our comprehensive package of care for sick children and young people also includes counselling and therapeutic support for family members and carers.

Who can be referred?

• Children and young people affected by the serious illness of a close family member who is under the care of Hospice Waikato adult services.
• Children and young people who have a serious life-limiting or life-threatening condition.


Click here for more information and to view our Rainbow Place website.