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 or a quiet room in each hospital – please ask regarding the location.   You may also have holy communion brought to you at your bedside. Please do make your request known.

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.

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.

Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 12.30pm

  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 Trust Members

Volunteer Chaplain Representative

Chaplaincy – Hospital Liaison


Contact Ray Mellsop by emailing  or fill in the attached donation form

If you are donating using online banking the account number is:  

Northland Hospital Chaplaincy Trust.

Our Charities Commission registration number is: CC43276.

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