Story: A Life No One Imagines

No one imagines a life of suffering for their child. Jenny Noble, the mother of Waipuna Hospice patient, Hayden, shares her story on finding out her child has a terminal illness before the age of six, and the journey her family has gone through since. When you find out you’re pregnant, you often envision what…

Story: When Giving Back Is Who You Are

Waipuna Hospice volunteer recognised for her dedication to the cause. Our ‘family’ of nearly 900 volunteers are special folk and we appreciate just how wonderful each one of them is. In this issue of Waipuna Connections, we want to introduce you to Christine Conn, one of our diverse volunteers who is willing to help whenever…

Story: You’re Not Alone This Festive Season

You’re Not Alone Tips for managing grief during the holidays. The holidays, although filled with family, friends and celebrations, can be a stressful time of year under usual circumstances. But when you are managing grief, it can be particularly challenging. It is important to remember that everyone experiences grief differently and that it’s a normal,…

News: A Year In Review

A Year In Review An overview and highlights from the last financial year 0Phone Calls 0Total Patients 0Nurse Visits 0Family Support Contacts 0Referrals 0KM Travelled By Our Team 0Inpatient Admissions 0Current Volunteers New Patient Referrals By Age Primary Diagnosis Reasons for Admission to IPU Place of Death This data was originally published in our 2020/2021…

Update: Rambling Rich Issue 78

Rambling Rich – November 2021 Hi everyone, well it has been a while since I have written to you, and a lot has happened both at Waipuna Hospice and nationally. Richard Thurlow, Waipuna Hospice CEO COVID-19 has resurfaced in the community meaning level changes were rolled out across the country. Despite this, and because of…

Story: Running For Rich

At just 18, Sophie Adams lost her father to an aggressive form of cancer while he was in the care of Waipuna Hospice. Two years on, and Sophie has decided to give back to Waipuna Hospice by organising a running fundraiser. Sophie’s dad, Richard (Rich) Adams was diagnosed with an aggressive form of esophageal cancer…

Story: Separated By Lockdown

Lockdown was hard for everyone. But for Waipuna Hospice patient Mandy Lowe, lockdown brought with it the worst pain imaginable – being separated from her children. With the support of our generous community, Waipuna Hospice is able to make sure that while separated from those she loves most, Mandy Lowe and all our patients are…

Story: Gaye’s Commitment To Life

Gaye Barkla: Committed To Life After experiencing Waipuna Hospice’s care and compassion first-hand when her husband Ray Hooker was a patient, Gaye Barkla understands how crucial hospice care can be, and she is committed to ensuring it’s there for people who need it in the future. Gaye Barkla understands how crucial hospice care is in…

Bereavement Support

We have a range of bereavement support services including: Counselling Chaplaincy support Visits from bereavement support volunteers When we are able to run groups safely onsite we offer: A Normalising Grief Seminar (dates to be advised on registration) Shifting Sands Bereavement Peer Support Group – (day and time to be advised on registration) Memory making…

HNZ Syringe Driver Full Competency Training

Welcome to the HNZ Syringe Driver Competency Training Program This is a Hospice New Zealand program aiming to; Assist Registered Nurses to obtain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills they require to manage syringe drivers in their place of practice and for enrolled nurses to be competent in checking. Syringe Driver Full Competency Workshop…