Hospice Awareness Week (HAWK) is an opportunity to profile and celebrate the services that hospices provide in their local communities, and address misconceptions that people may have about hospice care. In 2021, Hospice Awareness Week runs from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May.

We would love your support! Please think about attending one of our events, sharing your hospice story, volunteering at our community appeal, donate to our cause, or why not try to complete a unique fundraiser or challenge? Any support you can show Waipuna Hospice during HAWK is appreciated.


If you can’t make it to one of our events and still want to support Hospice Awareness Week 2022 then you can contribute to our fundraising efforts by donating!

Hospice Awareness Week offers various ways to show support for your local Hospice.

Here’s how you can get behind the Waipuna Hospice this week:

Attend our Dying For Change Symposium! Our symposium aims to encourage everyone to think about how we can revolutionise end of life care to meet the ever-changing and complex needs of a growing and ageing population. To make this possible, we are bringing together community leaders from local and international health professionals, not for profit organisations and community groups to share their knowledge and experience in creating positive changes to support people at the end of their lives.


Come and see us for a chat when we hit the road on our Awareness Week Road Show. We’ll be in our quirky caravan outside our charity shops – a different location every day.


To celebrate HAWK week this year, Waipuna Hospice will be running a community collection on from the 16th – 22nd May. Volunteers will hit the streets to collect donations for the care of the terminally ill in your community. If you spot one of our friendly volunteers around the community please say hello and consider making a donation!

Interested in volunteering to help? Click here to sign up.


  • Hospice is not just a building; it is a philosophy of care. The majority of people receiving support are cared for in their homes.
  • Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
  • Hospices can provide care and support for anyone living with a life limiting condition – e.g. heart failure, motor neurone disease, MS or cancer.
  • We care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual, and social needs too.
  • We care for families and friends as well, both before and after a death.
  • Hospices are independent charitable organisations providing care and support completely free of charge to people using our services.
  • Whilst free of charge to people using hospice services it costs a lot to provide, in 2019-2020 it cost us $9.1 million to provide specialist palliative care and support to our community.
  • As an essential health service provider, hospices receive the majority of funding from Government; financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall – in 2019-2020 we had to raise $77,000 every week to meet this shortfall.


Last year, hospice services across the country provided care and support for more than 18,000 people and their families, carers and whānau, either before or after the death of their loved one.
1 in 3 people who die in New Zealand each year are supported by hospice.
Hospice services provide care and support for anyone with a life limiting condition – not just people with cancer. Last year 30% of people in hospice care had a diagnosis other than cancer.

In 2015, people from 61 different ethnic groups were cared for by hospice.

Together, a generous team of volunteers give over 1 million hours of their time each year to support hospice services.