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Totara Hospice

Public Service, Palliative Care, Cancer Network Group, Community Health


9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


Totara Hospice has been meeting palliative care needs of the South and the South East Auckland community now for over 39 years.

Totara Hospice is a supportive and caring organisation based on a philosophy of care rather than a destination, as commonly thought. The majority of hospice care is based in the community, delivered by our Community Palliative Care team. For greater care needs an Inpatient Unit, in Totara House based in Manurewa, is available to eligible people requiring care regardless of age, illness, ethnicity or need and this care is delivered 24 hours, 7 days a week by our skilled multidisciplinary team.

Our doctors are:

  • Dr James Jap, Medical Director and Palliative Medicine Specialist
  • Dr Bart Nuysink, Lead Medical Officer
  • Dr Mike Morrison, Medical Officer
  • Dr Pip Tuckey, Medical Officer
  • Dr Andrew Reid, Medical Officer
  • Dr Kay Das, Medical Officer

The Chief Executive (CE) of Totara Hospice is Tina McCafferty.


What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care for people with serious or life-threatening illness aims to help the patient live more comfortably rather than curing the disease.

This treatment approach improves the patient's quality of life by addressing social, psychological and spiritual needs as well as physical needs such as pain and symptom relief.


Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

How do I access this service?

Website / App

Referral Expectations

Following consent from the patient, referral can be made by a General Practitioner, hospital doctor or specialist, district nurse, Cancer Society nurse.

Who can use Hospice Services?
People eligible for publically funded health services in New Zealand, who have a life-limiting illness and their family/friends/whānau who could benefit from the free clinical service suite that Hospice provides. Our services can be provided in the home, as Day Hospice care, in our Inpatient Unit and at our outpatient clinic.

We support people living in the South Auckland and South-East Auckland areas. This covers from Māngere, Panama Rd (Mt Wellington) to Bucklands Beach in the north to Karaka, Drury, Ararimu and across to Matingarahi in the south.


Hospice offers a free service for care of people eligible for publically funded healthcare. The annual operating costs are met through a combination of a contract with the District Health Board and through community fundraising.


9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

To maintain continuity of care, a 24-hour, seven day-a-week advice line is available.

Inpatient Unit - a 9-bed unit which provides 24-hour inpatient medical and nursing care.

Languages Spoken

Cook Islands Māori, Dutch, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Māori, Samoan, Tagalog


  • Inpatient Unit

    Our 9-bed Inpatient Unit is located at 140 Charles Prevost Drive, The Gardens, Manurewa.… More

  • Community Palliative Care Service

    Community nurses, doctors, allied health and social support practitioners visit patients in their homes, sharing care with GPs, District nurses and other community care partners. More

  • On-line Education Resources

    Helping others to learn about caring for people with advanced disease has always been a fundamental part of effective palliative care.… More

Services Provided

End of life care

Hospice and palliative care services

  • Community palliative care service
  • Hospice
  • Palliative residential/carer support

Cancer Types

Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Lung, Breast, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Prostate, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Sarcoma, Others

Wheelchair Access


Visiting Hours

8am to 8pm.

Compassionate visiting outside of these hours by negotiation.


Cafe Aroha is available on-site for patients, families, staff members and is open to the general public.

Open Mon-Fri, 7.00am to 3.00pm.

Travel Directions

Totara Hospice is located in The Gardens, Manurewa. We are but a few minutes from Motorway S1.

Heading south on the motorway, take the Exit 451 Hill Road turnoff after Redoubt Road overhead. Turn left onto Hill Road. After travelling 0.6km turn left onto Charles Prevost Drive. After 1km, travel through the roundabout and the Hospice is located on your left opposite The Gardens School.

Heading north on the Motorway, turn left onto Exit 453 Takanini continuing to turn left onto Great South Road. Travel 2.1km then turn right into Hill Road. Continue on this road (through roundabout) for about 2km until you reach Charles Prevost Drive on your left. After approximately 1km, travel through the roundabout and the Hospice is located on your left opposite The Gardens School.

Public Transport

From Manurewa Train Station catch bus 366 to the Gardens shops. After a short walk down the road you will find the hospice on the left, across the road from The Gardens School. Bus 366 operates every 20 minutes.


Off street parking is available on the grounds of the Hospice. People attending meetings or education sessions at Totara Hospice are requested to park in the top carpark on Charles Prevost Drive.


A self-contained family/ whānau flat is available for use by patients' relatives, for a small fee.


Specific pharmacies for syringe driver distribution only that serve the Counties-Manukau region.

Guys' Life Pharmacy Papakura Ltd

  • Roseland Shopping Centre, Papakura 2110
  • Ph: (09) 298 5615
  • Fax: (09) 298 4184
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 1:00pm

Unichem John Savory Pharmacy

  • 78 Vincent Street, Howick 2014
  • Ph: (09) 534 8262
  • Fax:  (09) 534 5438
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm
Manurewa Medical Centre Pharmacy Ltd
  • 157 Great South Road, Manurewa 2102
  • Ph: (09) 266 9044
  • Fax: (09) 267 4704
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 1:00pm
Unichem Papatoetoe Pharmacy
  • 63 St George Street, Papatoetoe 2025
  • Ph: (09) 278 7613
  • Fax: (09) 278 7615
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am - 6:00pm; Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm

Juliet Ave Pharmacy

  • 59 Juliet Ave
  • Howick
  • Ph: (09) 5342206
  • Fax: (09) 5347914
  • Hours:  Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm

Healthcare Pharmacy

  • 94 Rosedale Rd, Rosedale, Albany
  • Ph:  (09)9484850
  • Fax:  (09) 3550551
  • Mob:  Abdul 0212100617, Nawar 0210404680
  • Hours:  Mon-Fri 0800-2000, Sat 0900-1800, Sun 0900-1500
  • Free delivery service available, and after-hours service available via fax.


South Auckland

Contact Details

Totara Hospice

South Auckland

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Fax Admin (09) 640 0291
  • Fax Clinical (09) 640 0292

140 Charles Prevost Drive
The Gardens
Auckland 2105

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Street Address

140 Charles Prevost Drive
The Gardens
Auckland 2105

Postal Address

PO Box 75560
Auckland 2243

This page was last updated at 1:45PM on January 12, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Totara Hospice.