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At Cranford Hospice our vision is to help people make the most of living and dying within a compassionate community. We provide the best possible palliative care, education, support and advice to the people of Hawke’s Bay – from Mahia in the north, to Takapau in the south.


Cranford Hospice aims to meet the emotional, spiritual, social, and physical needs of people through specialist palliative care, grief support and care planning.


Our goal is to help people make the most of the time they have left and to enable them to live every moment – whether they are at home, in an aged care facility or have come to us for a short stay in our eight-bed inpatient facility.

A New Home for Cranford

Cranford Hospice has embarked on a $15million project to build a new, fit-for-purpose, home for Cranford at Chesterhope so we can continue to support patients and their whanau as our community grows.   


Cranford Hospice has cared for thousands of Hawke’s Bay residents during and at the end of life since opening its doors to the facility in Knight Street, Hastings, on the 8th of August 1982. In August 2017, future services were examined, and it was concluded that the current building was no longer fit for purpose due to its age and design, and the expanding need for palliative care services in Hawke’s Bay. 


Cranford Hospice were fortunate to receive a generous offer from the Joan Fernie Charitable Trust for a green-field rural site ‘Chesterhope’, located at Pakowhai - equidistant between Napier and Hastings. 


Space for everyone

The new fit-for-purpose facility will not only have rooms for patients staying with us, but for their whānau as well. There will be space for day therapy and respite services. We will continue to care for patients in their own homes, with the new facility providing a hub for our Community Nurses to provide in-home care.


Our Family Support Team will have a dedicated day services space to provide emotional, spiritual, cultural and social care. It will also provide a space for our dedicated staff and volunteers to thrive in.


A hub for Hawke’s Bay

We recognise that communities also need our support to care for people at the end of their lives. The new facility we allow us to deliver education, training, and support to care providers, ensuring they are equipped with knowledge and support to deliver high quality care.


A legacy for future generations

The new home for Cranford, will provide a hub for palliative care services for generations to come. The established gardens - the Joan Fernie Gardens and Arboretum - at Chesterhope will continue to provide an ideal setting for hospice care, now and into the future.


The COVID-19 response has delayed planning but not the number of people needing Hospice care nor the need for a new premises. 


The new home for Cranford is a hub that will ensure the people of Hawke’s Bay can receive the best possible specialist palliative care, now, and for generations to come. 


How you can help

Hospice walks alongside our community, providing care to people living with a life-limiting condition and their whānau.


It is not a place where people go to die, but a place for people to make the most of the time they have left.


The new home for Cranford will hold a unique place in the heart of the Hawke’s Bay community. It will be a world class facility set amongst the Joan Fernie Gardens and Arboretum. A place where whānau and community can support our loved ones at the end of life. A place that will provide a hub for palliative care services for generations to come.


Cranford Hospice are currently in the major gift stage of the campaign, with the Cocktail Party marking the start of the public stage. If you are interested in making a major gift, please contact Paul Michaelsen on 0277472856 or For now, we ask the general Hawke’s Bay community to continue to support Cranford Hospice’s operational funding needs.

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