The Kōwhai – Our News

The Kowhai is our regular e-bulletin, keeping you up to date with all the latest news and announcements direct to your inbox.

Meet Nurse Julie.

Nurse Julie has become a TikTok and Instagram star in her efforts to try and normalize death and dying and take the fear out an often-taboo subject. Find out more. 


Christmas with Farmers.

This year’s bauble evokes the Christmas spirit, where family, friends and communities come to together to enjoy each other’s company and to make lasting memories. Click here to find out more.


Hospice NZ Chief Executive Mary Schumacher resigns after 16 years at the helm.

The chief executive of Hospice New Zealand is stepping down after nearly 16 years leading the organisation. Read more about Mary’s incredible contribution to the palliative care sector here.


Kathryn’s story.
Kathryn’s experience shines a light on the whole of person approach that is palliative care. Read about the transformative effect hospice had on her and her partner’s quality of life, right to the end.

All New Zealander’s deserve to end their life well.

Senior researcher at the Maxim Institute, Danielle van Dalen has spent the last year researching palliative care in New Zealand and it is clear to her that New Zealanders’ accessibility to palliative care services needs urgent attention. Read more here. 


Celebrating World Hospice & Palliative Care Day!

Hospices provide palliative care, which aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a life limiting illness. Learn more about palliative care here. 


Tiny token. Big impact.

Hospice NZ is incredibly excited to be part of the Z Energy NZ Good in the Hood campaign.

Every time a customer makes a purchase at Z this June, they’ll be given a token that be can used to vote for Hospice NZ! Find out more here.


Celebrating our CEO

Hospice NZ’s Mary Schumacher recognised with ONZM

In July 2020, we were incredibly proud to see Hospice NZ’s CEO, Mary Schumacher, awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Palliative Care. Find out more here.


Hospice Awareness Week

May 18-23: Help us raise awareness of Hospice

May 2020: Hospice Awareness Week is here! From May 18-24 we’ll be profiling and celebrating the services that hospices provide in their local communities, and addressing misconceptions that people may have around hospice care. Learn how you can help here.


Conference 2020

Hospice NZ Conference Postponed

Mar 2020: Due to the current COVID-19 situation in New Zealand and globally, Hospice NZ has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Conference planned for September. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract – we’ll be in touch once a new date is confirmed.


Farmers total announcement 2019

Thank you Farmers and all your customers

Jan 2020: Once again hospice services are overwhelmed and humbled by the support from Farmers Department Stores and their customers in the lead up till Christmas. Over $759,000 was donated – find out how each hospice benefitted here.


Recipients of Hospice NZ Grant Programme 2019

Thank you, The Harcourts Foundation

Nov 2019: More than $64,000 has been donated to hospice services throughout the country in the third year of the Harcourts Foundation funded Hospice NZ Grants Programme. Find out the hospices who benefitted in 2019 here.


Standards of Palliative Care in action

Rotorua Hospice’s Bereavement Programme

Nov 2019: Recently Hospice NZ released the fourth edition of the Hospice NZ Standards for Palliative Care (2019). Discover how the team at Rotorua Community Hospice are using the Standards to develop and extend their services in the local community here.


Hospice NZ Networks

Feedback from our workshops 

Oct 2019: Each year, Hospice NZ brings together groups of hospice professionals from around the country for our annual networking workshops. Read snippets of the feedback we received in 2019 here. Our sincere thanks to Pub Charity for their support.

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