Hospice NZ is committed to growing leaders in hospice palliative care. In 2021, thanks to the ongoing support of our national partners, BNI New Zealand, Hospice NZ was able to award study scholarships to hospice staff members across the country.

BNI New Zealand has sponsored the BNI Palliative Care Scholarships Programme since 2007, donating more than $185,000 in that time to fully fund the programme. Each year, the scholarships continue to be sought after by high calibre applicants.

The scholarships are focused on supporting the professional development of psychosocial and allied health staff employed by hospices who are members of Hospice NZ.

Hospice NZ Chief Executive, Mary Schumacher says, “Hospice care is unique in that we care for the ‘whole person’ – which means physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are equally important. With BNI’s support for our allied health professionals through the scholarship programme, together we are ensuring there is a highly skilled workforce committed to caring for people in the best possible way as they approach the end of life. We are sincerely grateful to BNI for their commitment to the philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’ and the work of Hospice.”

Graham Southwell, National Director of BNI New Zealand, says there is a perfect synergy between our two organisations due to our shared values. “BNI’s philosophy is about ‘Givers’ Gain®’ and growing successful businesses within the community they operate in. Hospice is about supporting the communities in which people live. Doing good is good for business. Both of our organisations share values of people connecting with people, and developing relationships based on trust”.

Past Recipients

Read about the way in which BNI’s support for hospices, patients, families and whānau in our communities across New Zealand here.

About BNI

BNI New Zealand, established in 1999, is the country’s largest and most successful structured business networking organisation for small to medium businesses. With over 2600 members and 120 groups around the country, members are on target to exceed $100 million in revenue generated through BNI New Zealand each year.

As a business community, BNI helps create business opportunities through a structured system of referrals and reciprocity, based on trust and giving. Business owners from all types of industries (only one trade representative per group) meet weekly. They build sustainable relationships with other businesses, develop new networks and practice BNI’s underlying philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’ to grow their businesses.


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