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Spiritual support and hospital chaplains

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Spiritual support and hospital chaplains

Hospital chaplains:

  • offer spiritual care to all who seek it, regardless of religious or cultural backgrounds
  • connect you with a member of your own denomination or faith if you wish
  • provide spiritual support and comfort, prayer, scripture readings and other religious services on request, including Holy Communion.

Chaplaincy assistants (volunteers) are trained to help our chaplains in their work.

Contact a chaplain

Please ask ward/clinic reception staff, or Enquiries to request a chaplain for you.

Or call our hospitals directly and ask for our chaplain on duty:

Tauranga Hospital

Ph (07) 579 8000

Whakatāne Hospital

Ph (07) 306 0999

Our chaplaincy team

  • Shelley Gilmore (Tauranga)
    Lead Ecumenical Chaplain, BCouns
  • Rev. Matiu Best (Tauranga)
    Ecumenical Chaplain, RCPN Diploma in Nursing
  • Graham Silkstone (Tauranga)
    Ecumenical Chaplain
  • Andrew Rowe (Tauranga)
    Ecumenical Chaplain
  • Leanne Brooks (Tauranga)
    Catholic Chaplain
  • Peter Lander (Whakatāne)
  • Wendy Emsley (Whakatāne)



Chapel and services

Both chapels are open to all patients and visitors

A chapel for prayer, meditation or quiet reflection is located on the ground floor. Church services are unable to be held at present.  To contact a Chaplain please ask a staff member.

Watch this week's service

Welcome to our weekly devotional for those who are unable to physically make it to the chapel. May God's blessings be upon all our patients and staff.