our history


South Canterbury Hospice Inc.


A successful past has provided a platform for the future







1988  June                 Public Meeting at Pleasant Point – Called Pauline O’Leary

                                    Steering committee formed

1989  August            South Canterbury Hospice Inc established as incorporated Society

                                    Friends of Hospice formed

1990  April                Hospice Awareness Meeting, Timaru (called by Altrusa)

  Awareness Meetings at Waimate, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Geraldine and Fairlie

            June                 Palliative Care Nurse appointed (in District Nursing Service)

                                    Car supplied by South Canterbury Hospice

            August            Charity Dinner

            November       Volunteer Home Care Service began

1991                          Search began for suitable premises for Hospice Centre

            September       Accumulated fund raising reaches $100,000

            November       Negotiations on purchase of Hospice Centre began

1992  February          PURCHASE OF HOSPICE CENTRE   (92 North Street)

            March              Lottery Grant $18,000 (to refurbish and upgrade Hospice Centre)

            April                Hospice Home Nursing Service began

                                    Upgrade, refurbishing and equipping of Hospice Centre

                                    Bereavement Support Group training began

                                    Training of additional Volunteer Home Support Group

                June                 Grant of $32,000 from Lottery Board to furnish and equip

        the Centre

            August            OPENING OF HOSPICE CENTRE providing:

                                                1. Base of Home Care and Home Nursing Services

                                                2. Drop In and Day Care Centre

                                                3. Counselling, Advice and Bereavement Support

                                                4. Base for loan of equipment etc

                                                5. Office and Administration

1993                          Consolidation and extension of all existing services

Palliative Care Nurse resigned - position changed to two part-time nurses 20 hours per week each. Name changed to Palliative Care/Oncology Nurse.

Negotiations held with Area Health Board and Hospice made a seeding grant for these positions to increase to 24 hours per week for each nurse.

1994                      Honorary Medical Director appointed

            September       Part-time Office Administrator appointed

            October           New car purchased for Palliative Care/Oncology Nurse's use

            December        First street collection held

1995                      Awareness meeting held in Waimate

                                   Nursing service formally commenced in Waimate

            November       Antiques Road Show held

                                    Services further extended as required

1996                       Awareness meeting held in Twizel

            May                 Education and Services Co-ordinator commenced duties

            November       Community Trust Hospice Foundation formed

     South Canterbury Community Trust donated $242,000 to purchase 55 and 57 Broadway Avenue for the purpose of a 5 bed hospice unit

1997  January             Moved from North Street to Broadway Avenue – Purchased by

                         the Mid & South Canterbury Community Trust.

            February          92 North Street sold

           Oc               October            Application to NZ Lottery General Grants Board for funding for renovation and refurbishing of Broadway Avenue – 5 Bed Unit

                                    Plans completed for Hospice Unit

                                    Provisional licence approved by Ministry of Health

                                    1st Nurse Manager Appointed

1998  January          Builders commenced work

               May              Renovations completed

                                    Refurbishment completed

September                       OPENING OF COMMUNITY TRUST HOSPICE by Governor General Sir Michael Hardie-Boys


2000 - 1                  Executive Officer appointed                 

       Cockroft House purchased for Administration Centre and accommodation for families of patients within the service.

                                     Administrator appointed

       Clinical Services Manager appointed on retirement of the Nurse Manager

2003                  Chaplain service commenced

2004               Volunteer Co-Ordinator appointed

2007               Commencement of future building plans

       70 Orbell Street property purchased used as Administration Centre during Building Programme

       New Volunteer co-ordinator commenced

2008              New 7 Bed Inpatient Unit Building Commenced


22009  July          Opening of New Hospice 3rd July 2009 by Prime Minister

John Keys and Sister Rae Berry, Home of Compassion


2010              Continue to streamline services introduce the NZ Liverpool

Care Pathway Programme to our patients and also facilitate further

Education and Professional Development

            October           Made appointment of a Family Support Counsellor to the service


2011              Services continue to grow demand on services ever increasing

August                            Purchased a further property at 68 Orbell Street for proposed Hospice Shop

2012  April             Opened “Hospice Shop” Corner Orbell and Rugby Streets Timaru.

                                    Officially opened by Jo Goodhew MP for Rangitata and

Janie Annear Mayor of Timaru

22013  March              “The Cottage” at 70 Orbell Street was opened as a

Therapeutic Centre and base for our new Clinical Nurse Educator.

            April                Shona Lowson resigned as Clinical Services Manager after

12 years in this position.

     Hazel Harrison appointed to new position of Clinical Nurse Leader.

2014 March          Alan Munro Retired as CEO 31 March 2014

         April                 Hazel Harrison appointed CEO/Nursing Director

                                   New role established Fundraising Assistant appointed Jeanna                            


         November          Faye Gillies appointed Clinical Nurse Manager.

2015 June             Peter O’Neill appointed General Manager following resignation of  Hazel Harrison.

              August            Increased contract from SC District Health Board signed, following pre-election promise from the National Party

2016 July               Medical officer Graeme Mawson retired.

             September       Second shop opened in Church Street

2017    May            Hospice in the Home, Night Carer Service launched


2018   April           Extension to Orbell Street shop opened.