Uenuku Ki Te Rangi

The Comforter of All People

Hospice Waikato
Hospice Waikatoís Rainbow Place is New Zealandís only specialist childrenís and young personís hospice service.

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Rainbow Place . . . an Anchor When Things get Tough.

Rainbow Place provides a range of specialist therapeutic support and nursing care for children, young people and their families going through 'tough stuff'.  We are a flexible, wrap-around service that meets people where they are in order to meet their individual needs.

Rainbow Place has a combined therapeutic and nursing team who provide care and support to:

  • Children and young people who have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition (see definition of terms).
  • Children and young people affected by the serious illness of a loved one who is under the care of Hospice Waikato adult services.
  • Children and young people affected by the sudden or unexpected death of someone close to them - according to available caseload capacity and resources.


Rainbow Place provides

Specialised care and support in the community, (at home, in school and in hospital) as well as on-site at Rainbow Place.

 All services are provided at no charge to patients and families.

Rainbow Place Therapeutic Team Provides...  

The Therapeutic Team are highly experienced, well regarded, fully trained professional counsellors with wide ranging expertise.  More importantly theyíre genuinely caring people and through Rainbow Place they provide:

  • Specialist nursing care and support
  • Multi-disciplinary team approach
  • One-on-one counselling
  • Group workshops
  • Family therapy
  • Teen support group
  • Art therapy
  • Memory making
  • Sandplay therapy
  • Child-centred play therapy
  • Inpatient respite care in the Inpatient Unit Rainbow Place room.

Age-appropriate, sensitive but honest communication with children is the cornerstone of our
childrenís and young personís palliative care.

Children and Young People whose loved one has a Serious Illness

Watching a family member go through a serious illness can be tough for children and young people.  They often feel helpless and a fear of 'what next'.  Rainbow Place provides therapeutic support to help children and young people with difficult changes in their lives.

Rainbow Place also has a resource library and provides community education.

Rainbow Place Nursing Team provides...

The nursing team are qualified, registered, experienced nurses who provide specialised nursing care and support for children and young people with a serious illness.  The nursing team provide care and support for patients at home, at school, in hospital or at Rainbow Place.

Rainbow Place 'Sleep-over' Facility

Looking after a child or young person with a serious illness can be exhausting.  Rainbow Place offers families 1Ė2 night 'sleep-overs' with nursing support,  in an attractive, comfortable, purpose-built facility. Itís an opportunity for some time-out without worrying about who will take care of your child/young person. It gives everyone a break in a safe and totally supported environment.

Serious Illnesses

Living with serious illnesses can be incredibly tough.  Families can and often do feel very alone, isolated and scared.  Itís common for people to feel overwhelmed and just not know what to do. The Rainbow Place team help people through that fear and sense of isolation, and you donít have to face everything alone.

Parent/Carers of Children and Young People with Serious Illness

Rainbow Place offers therapeutic support to parents and carers to assist them with the changes that they are experiencing.

What is Serious Illness?

Rainbow Place defines serious illness as a diagnosed medical condition which significantly impacts on the quality of life for the patient and their family, and requires ongoing treatment and care. Serious illness includes  life-limiting, life-threatening or palliative illnesses.  

  • Life-limiting conditions are those for which there is no reasonable hope of cure and from which the patient will die. Many of these conditions cause progressive deterioration rendering the patient increasingly dependent on carers.

  • Life-threatening conditions are those in which medical intervention may prove successful but carry a substantial possibility of premature death.

  • Palliative care for patients is an active and total approach to care, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements.  It focuses on enhancing the quality of life for the patient and support for the family.   It includes the management of distressing symptoms, provision of respite and care through death and bereavement.

                                                                                                       Definitions taken from the ACT/RCPCH Guide 1997

Our package of care for sick children, young people and their families, also includes counselling and therapeutic support.