Impact Reports June 30, 2021

Waitākere Hospital Chapel

Since its dedication in June 2019, Wairua Tapu - Chapel of the Holy Spirit has been a place of peaceful reflection for visitors to Waitākere Hospital. A beautiful courtyard accompanied by a refurbished and expanded Chapel has allowed people from all walks of faith to enjoy the calm and tranquil surrounding.

Wairua Tapu has been the backdrop for family meetings, prayer, funerals and special cultural services. Staff also connect with the space during lunch breaks and quiet times.

Thanks to our family of wonderful donors, together with Waitematā DHB, over $300,000 was raised to make this project happen and a lot of the construction work was provided in-kind. A unique, tailor made cross was created for the beautifully re-landscaped courtyard and community groups have kindly donated sacred items and furnishings of significance from their faiths and cultures.

Every day, our Chaplain Sione Tu’ungafasi collects anonymous prayer requests in the chapel so he can pray on behalf of staff, patients and visitors:

“Please pray that my daughter will overcome her battle of depression”

“Please help me with my sons ear check up. Please take care of him. Help us to get a good result in the upcoming check-up”

“I pray for the patients I visit today that they will get some quiet”

Image above (left to right): Bishop of Auckland, Most Rev Patrick Dunn, Professor Judy McGregor – WDHB Board Chair, Dale Bramley – WDHB CEO, Rev Deacon Robert Mitchell

Wairua Tapu has been used by many patients, visitors and staff. People find it to be a place not only for worship but for quiet and peace as well as comfort. I would like to thank everyone who heard the call of our community and understood the need for such a special place in the heart of Waitākere Hospital.

Sione Tu’ungafasi, Ecumenical Chaplain, Wairua Tapu

Our entire Chaplaincy service is so grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to provide a place such as Wairua Tapu for our community and neighbours at Waitākere Hospital.

Special Thanks to our Supporters:-

  • Barfoot & Thompson
  • Focus Construction Group
  • Douglas Goodfellow Charitable Trust
  • Henry and Judy Norcross and Family

Our impact is only made possible through the following incredibly generous organisations: