Hospital Chaplaincy | Northland DHB

Hospital Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Service is available for patients, staff and relatives and offers pastoral care, and spiritual guidance to all in Northland DHB Hospitals.  Our purpose is to enable any person in the hospital to deal with pastoral and spiritual issues that directly affect their well-being.  A person's well-being (wholeness) is the result of interaction between their spiritual, mental, emotional, social and physical being.

The chaplains pay special attention to spirituality in an endeavour that each person finds the wholeness that their God intended for them. Chaplains are available to anyone of any faith. Respect for a person’s belief is important.

Chaplains Offer

Time to listen, confidentiality, help in looking at life issues, support you so you use your own faith resources, prayer and church sacraments, counselling, encouragement, help in contacting your own religious group or local church on your behalf, and others... all of which can contribute to your wellbeing.

Our Chapels


There is a chapel located in the Whangarei Hospital on the Lower Level at the east end of the corridor.  Patients may have Holy Communion brought to their bedside.  Please make your request known. 

Hours Open: 6am to 8pm daily


Kaitaia Hospital has a Chapel for patient and public use in the hospital.  Please ask for directions to locate it.

Dargaville and Bay of Islands

Dargaville and Bay of Islands Hospitals have "Quiet Rooms" for patients or the public.  Please ask for directions to locate them.

Contact the Chaplaincy Department 

If you are a patient, a chaplain or chaplaincy assistant may call on you; or you may ask your nurse to contact us.

Hours Available:  8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 09 430 4100 ext. 7115 (please leave a message)


Our Chaplains


Kathleen Card
Lead Hospital Chaplain

Whangarei Hospital cradles a special place in Kathleen’s heart as her tapapa (seedbed) from which her life first came into being.

Kathleen pays tribute to the strong spiritual foundations nurtured by her Mother and nourished throughout childhood religious milestones, young adult spiritual progressions, and several years of post-graduate education in which she completed a Master of Theological Studies degree at the University of Divinity, Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne.

During her years of study, Kathleen achieved academic awards in Pastoral Studies over two consecutive years (2016 and 2017) and was a recipient of the Loreto, Mary Ward Grant in 2017.

Kathleen dedicated particular focus to the study of Pastoral Studies (Pastoral Care), Human Ageing, Moral and Systematic Theology, Catholic Social (Justice) Teachings and Spirituality.

In addition to her many years of voluntary service within the Catholic Church, Kathleen has also been employed in positions of leadership as parish Pastoral Associate, hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator and Hospital Chaplain.


Jim Nees

Jim trained as a Volunteer Chaplain Assistant in 2003 and has continued to enjoy his involvement in Parish Ministries. He was ordained in July 2012 having completed 4 ½ years study in Auckland. Since 2011 Jim has been employed in his current position as Catholic Chaplain.


Rev Julia Vincent
Whangarei Ecumenical Hospital Chaplain

The Rev. Julia Vincent studied at Carey Baptist College in Auckland and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Theology and a Pastoral Leadership Diploma.  Julia is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand, and has served just over 12 years in pastoral ministry.

Julia and her husband moved to Whangarei in 2016 and Julia joined the team as a part-time Ecumenical Chaplain in 2019.  It is her privilege and pleasure to be available to offer spiritual care and support in Whangarei Hospital. 


Volunteer Hospital Chaplain Assistants
The Hospital Chaplain Assistants ministry includes all the hospitals in the North. New intakes from the churches in the community are trained every year; this brings many changes throughout each year. All new members are very welcome and are encouraged to contact:

The Chaplaincy Department
Ph: 09 430 4100 ext 7115 (please leave a message)


Northland Hospital Chaplaincy Support

Chaplaincy – Hospital Liaison


To make a donation please fill in the attached donation form or via the online donation form

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