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

Chapel Service: 11am Tuesdays  


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.

To Contact a Chaplain

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

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.


Rev Sue White

Hospital Chaplain

The Rev. Sue White served as the Lead Chaplain for the Northland District Health Board from January 2016 through January 2020.  She is presently serving as a relief chaplain for the Whangarei Hospital as well as coordinating the Volunteer Chaplaincy for the Kaitaia, Dargaville and Bay of Islands Hospitals.

Sue is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church of the Southwest Conference of the US and affiliated with the Baptist Assocation in New Zealand.

Sue earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New York State University as well as a Master's Degree in Applied Theology from Austin Presbyterian Seminary.

  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 Rev Sue White.


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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