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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Ngaru - the journey of life

This years hospice Christmas bauble, available exclusively from Farmers (in store and online) has been designed by contemporary Māori artist Spencer Bellas.

Ngaru, which is Māori for wave, represents the journey of life, multiple waves coming together as whānau.  Spencer and his whānau were supported by hospice when their much loved uncle was dying.

Christmas is a time to come together, to eat good food, to laugh, sing, relax and recharge.  It’s also a time to reflect on whānau who are no longer with us and to celebrate with those who are.

Available in store and online now – this year’s bauble will sell out, so make sure you don’t miss out.  Buy online today and support hospice services to remain free of charge.

Baubles are $10 with 100% of the purchase price donated to support hospice.

Read more about our ongoing campaign with Farmers here.

Thank you to Farmers and the people of Aotearoa, over the past five years of our Christmas campaign over $3.4Million has been donated to support hospice services.

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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