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Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral volunteers provide a key supporting role within the hospital. There are several different areas in which people can volunteer at MDHB.

COVID Notice

All volunteers at Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral must be over 18, double vaxxed, boosted, wear masks and be prepared to wear further protective clothing when required.

Cancer Society Oncology Hosts

Oncology Hosts help provide a positive and supportive experience for cancer patients during their assessment, treatment and follow-up at Palmerston North Hospital. Tasks include:
  • being the welcoming face of LA4, greeting all patients and directing them to appointments
  • supporting Day 1 patients by providing gowns, schedules and a short tour of the area
  • coordinating pick-ups from Ozanam House and validating parking
  • being a supportive, listening ear for patients/support people
  • making hot drinks and tidying waiting areas
  • collecting prescriptions and delivering magazines, papers or books.
Enquiries to Hayley Puketapu
Cancer Society Volunteer Coordinator, 027 212 0169 or

Canine Friends

Canine Friends Pet Therapy is a New Zealand wide network of people who share their friendly well behaved dogs with patients and residents in rest homes and hospitals. They regularly visit MidCentral wards and units to bring joy, comfort and companionship to patients, whanau and staff.
Enquiries to Coordinator Kay Harkness


For the Garden of Tranquillity, a small private garden within the hospital grounds. Gardeners welcome for a few hours a month. Tasks include:
  • light gardening such as dead heading, gentle weeding etc.
  • general garden maintenance but no heavy work.
Enquiries to Glenda Houston, 06 350 8850 or

Kind Hearts

Kind Hearts purpose is to empower individuals and groups to strengthen communities through unconditional kindness. At MidCentral Kind Hearts supports parents and whanau through delivering donated items such as baking, snack foods, toiletries and sanitary products to the parent’s room of the children’s ward and the neo-natal unit.
Enquiries to Laura Wenden-Green

St John Friends of Emergency Department (FEDs)

The FEDs provide non clinical comfort, information and support to patients undergoing or awaiting treatment in the Emergency Department. Tasks can be varied but focused on providing comfort and care, which releases staff to focus on clinical work. FEDs work in pairs, 365 days a year in four hour shifts, 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-10pm.
Enquiries to Jenny Evans, FED Coordinator, 027 357 4115 or

St John Hospital Hosts

Hospital Hosts support the reception staff in welcoming patients, whanau, family and visitors to Palmerston North hospital. They also:
  • help people with directions or escort them to appointments
  • assist people in need during their visit to the hospital
  • help keep public areas tidy and welcoming
  • assist with the evacuation of people from the building during a fire alarm
  • help with other tasks agreed with the coordinator.
Hospital Hosts work a four hour shift weekly or fortnightly and benefit from full training and orientation.
Enquiries to Ray Abbott,
Hospital Host Coordinator, 027 359 7919  or

STAR 4 (Horowhenua Health Centre) Visitors

Volunteers need to be patient and compassionate people prepared to visit patients who are sometimes in hospital for extended periods. Tasks include:
  • reading to patients
  • conversations
  • activities/games/music.
Enquiries to Nicola Murphy,
Charge Nurse STAR 4, 06 366 0063, ext 4450  or
General enquiries to Sande Ramage, Spiritual Care and Volunteer Coordinator, 027 4788 184

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