Parklands Hospital and Retirement Home was bought by the Sisters of Mercy in 1990, enabling them to care for older people in a place of their own. Mercy Parklands opened under the direction of Mercy Hospital (formerly Mater Miserecordiae Hospital, established by the Sisters at Mountain Road Epsom in 1900). Its first CEO was appointed soon after; today governance is provided by the board of Mercy Healthcare Auckland Ltd. Our logo features a stylised koru, symbol of new growth and vitality; at the heart stands the Mercy cross. Blue signifies te wai, living water; red represents a volcanic eruption centuries ago that created the stream that gives our land its name of Waiatarua. The colours merge, to show that past, present and future are all linked.
The religious congregation of women was founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin Ireland. Inspired by the gospel message of Jesus Christ the Sisters moved out beyond their convent walls to walk amid and serve the poor, the sick and the uneducated of their day.
The Sisters’ strong tradition of nursing grew from their experience of caring for victims of the cholera epidemics in Ireland and England in the 1830s and 40s. In the 1860s the Sisters nursed with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean war. Victims of the 1918 influenza epidemic were nursed by Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.
Led by Sister Cecilia Maher, the Sisters of Mercy first came to New Zealand at the invitation of local Maori women. They arrived in Auckland after an arduous sea voyage on April 9th, 1850. More and more sisters from Ireland and New Zealand and the Pacific Islands gradually joined the mission of Mercy in this country.
The mission and values of Mercy Parklands draw very strongly from the mission of Mercy originally expressed by Catherine McAuley. Our founding identity is Catholic and in the tradition of Mercy we welcome those from every culture, race and creed. The facility flourishes today because of the staff and volunteers and benefactors who continue to uphold the heritage of the Mercy mission and values.