Hospice Taranaki is an incorporated Society with a Board of Trustees elected from throughout the province.

The Current Board of Trustees for Hospice Taranaki Inc for 2023/24:

Mike Brooke QSM (Chair): Retired Insurance Consultant; Mary Lawn: Retired Nurse; Dr John Doran: Retired Paediatrician at Taranaki District Health Board; Judy Drummond: Retired Nurse; Tim Coleman (Deputy Chair): partner at Connect Legal;  Pat Bodger: Retired District Nurse; David Goodall (Chair of Audit and Finance Committee): Director, Baker Tilly Staples Rodway; Maria Ramsay, CEO Toi Foundation; and Carl Hinton, Director and General Manager Fieldtorque  

Minute Secretary: Sandy Smith

Secretary: Paul Lamb, CEO Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki


Peter McDonald, Director, McDonald Real Estate

Life members:

*Dr Peter van Praagh, *Shirley & John Fairey, *Colin Muggeridge, Dr Ian Smiley, Peter McDonald, Kevin Nielsen, Dianne Bezuidenhout 


The Current Board of Trustees for Hospice Taranaki Foundation:

Roger Malthus (Chair), Paul Bourke, Mike Brooke, Brian Busing, Tim Coleman and Craig Morresey

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He toka tü moana,

Arä he toa rongonui

Your strength is like a rock      

that stands in raging waters

Hospice trust, foundation and steering committee members

First Steering Committee (1985)

Don King (chair), Desiree Frengley, Cecilie Hadlow, Dr Paul Cooke, Jim Boyd, Ian Russell and hospital board oncology nurse Anne McCarrison.

The Friends of Taranaki Hospitals Society (1988)

Dr Peter Allen (patron), Jim Boyd (chair), Don King, Cecilie Hadlow, Dr Peter Van Praagh, Barry Marsh, Peter Old (treasurer), Frank Lowry (secretary) and Betty Wright (minute secretary).  Michael Chong took over as treasurer after a  year.  Others to join were Dr Warren Muirhead, Don Denholm (who followed Jim Boyd as chair and who would later be president of the hospice foundation), J. Aranui, Mrs M Bennett, Roger Malthus (current chair of the hospice foundation), Mrs K Draper, Mrs K Old, T Griffiths, Mrs B Scott and Mrs V Jordan

Second steering committee (1992)

Don King (chair), Colin Muggeridge, Dr Ian Smiley, Mrs M Steele, Jim Boyd, Dr Peter Van Praagh, Frank Lowry (secretary/treasurer) and Betty Wright (minute secretary).

Taranaki Hospice Foundation Incorporated (1993) Trustees

Shirlie and John Fairey (patrons), Dr Peter Van Praagh (chair, and later patron), Cecilie Hadlow (deputy chair), Frank Lowry (secretary), Michael Chong (treasurer), Mrs D Woods and Mrs M Burmester (assistant secretaries and typists), Don Denham (later chairman 1994 and 1995), Colin Muggeridge (later chairman 1995 - 2002, patron 2007 to 2008, trustee 2008 to 2014), Don King, New Plymouth Mayor David Lean, Dr Warren Muirhead, Mrs J Saywell and Mrs J Drummond.

Subsequent members from late 1990s: Jeff Blyde (chair from 2001 - 2006), Robin Sutherland (chair 2006), Peter McDonald (chair late 2006 to 2013), Mike Brooke (chair 2013 to present), Heather Dodunski (later deputy chair), Alice Doorbar, Leo Leuthart, Jeanette Morrison, Barry Rickards, Glenys Scheliin, Carole Shaw, Garth Weir, Dianne Bezuidenhout (later chair, South Taranaki Committee), John O'Neill, Dr Ian Smiley, Rosemary Mills, Margaret Doyle, Peter Cottam, Roger Malthus, Geoff Nicholas, Helen Dickey, Mary Washer, Tim Coleman, Dr John Doran, Judy Drummond, Christine Taylor, Neil Evetts, Pat Bodger, Paul Lamb, Clare Poole, Mary Lawn, Raewyn McDonald, Maria Ramsay and Carl Hinton

Note: in 2006 the organisation was split in two, Hospice Taranaki Incorporated, on which trustees continued to serve, and Hospice Taranaki Foundation, the fundraising arm.  Colin Muggeridge chaired the foundation from its inception until his death in 2014, when Roger Malthus took over the role to the present day.  Kevin Nielsen has been CEO since the position was created in 2002 until his retirement in 2017 when this position was taken over by Paul Lamb. 

In 2022 Hospice Taranaki rebranded to Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki.