Kia ora – welcome.

Many people think of hospice as just a building, when in fact it is a philosophy of care.  The hospice philosophy places equal importance on the physical, spiritual, cultural, emotional and social well-being of a person living with a life limiting condition.

Anyone with a terminal illness, not just cancer, can access hospice care and support. People with life limiting conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lung failure, motor neurone disease or dementia can benefit from palliative care.

Whilst hospice care is primarily focused on the person who is dying, services are also for the family and whanau both before and after their loved one has died.

Everything we provide is free of charge. As an essential health service the majority of funding comes from Government, the remainder comes from community fundraising. Each year hospices must raise over $50M nationally.

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We need to talk about dying

Death seems to have become a difficult topic for a lot of people. Many of us have lost the knowledge about what happens, what to say to each other, and the options we have for care.

We’ve created this animation as part of our #weneedtotalkaboutdying series, because one of the most frequently asked questions of hospice staff is “how will I know I am dying, what will happen?”.  We appreciate and acknowledge each situation and person is unique, and we also know there are some common physical stages the body goes through towards the end of life.

Please watch and share so we can talk about it more and worry about it less.

Make a donation

All hospice services and support are provided free of charge.  As an essential health service the majority of hospice funding comes from Central Government, but each year just over $50M needs to be raised nationally to bridge the gap.

Thank you for supporting your local hospice service by making a donation here.


Hospice’s throughout the country employ around 700 people, through a range of roles within each hospice service.

Here you will find a list of current vacancies, both clinical and administration, listed on behalf of hospices throughout the country.


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