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 whānau 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.

Click here to find out more about hospice services

What is it like to die?

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 want to support people to talk about it more, in the hope they might worry about it less.

We created this animation to answer a question hospice staff are often asked – how do I know I am dying? what will happen to me? how will we know?

You can hear more experiences of end of life care by visiting our YouTube channel.

COVID- 19 information 

As you will be aware the COVID-19 virus continues to be a worldwide pandemic as classified by the WHO. (World Health Organisation)

New Zealand is currently operating under an alert level system to put measures in keep us safe from the 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.

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 $77M needs to be raised nationally to bridge the gap.

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


Hospices employ over 700 people nationwide 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 across New Zealand.



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