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 $77M nationally.

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COVID- 19 information 

As you may be aware, the COVID-19 virus has been classified as a worldwide pandemic by the WHO. (World Health Organisation)

New Zealand is currently operating under an alert level system to put measures in place to restrict the spread of this virus.

For more information on the current alert level and what this means please visit the dedicated COVID-19 website

Due to the alert levels it is really important you contact your local hospice service before going to an inpatient facility for any reason please click here to find your local service.

Hospice Conference 2020


Whiria ngā tāngata, Weave the people together is the premier conference of 2020 for any health professional involved in palliative care.

Whiria ngā tāngata honours the concept that we must all weave together in partnership to ensure the best outcome for people who are dying.  There is a role for a range of health care services and professions in and around a person’s end of life journey, supporting the person and their family, whanau and the wider community both before and after death.

During Conference 2020 you’ll be encouraged to think about how we can weave people and services together to ensure equity of access whilst also considering how our services reflect and support the diversity of the people requiring end of life care.

We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland
15-17 September 2020

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.


Our Newsletter

The Kowhai is a great place to keep up to date with national hospice news. In each newsletter you’ll find the latest on our work around awareness, fundraising, quality, leadership and workforce.

Make sure you are signed up to get The Kowhai delivered straight to your inbox three times per year.


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