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 2024, Hospice Awareness Week runs from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May.

We would love your support! Please think about donating to our appeal, donating to our charity shops, sharing your hospice story, or volunteering at our community appeal. Any support you can show Waipuna Hospice during HAWK is appreciated.

Ways to Help

Living Every Moment

Many New Zealanders are not accessing hospice services due to fear, misconceptions, locality and limited understanding.

Hospice Awareness Week (HAWK) aims to raise awareness and educate our community on hospice services and how we’re here to help and support people who are dying as well as their loved ones. We want to ensure that more people aren’t fearful of hospice, and that they know hospice care is for them and their whānau, when and where they need it.

Dying well means living well, and at Waipuna Hospice we want people to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Watch the videos below so you can understand a little more about the breadth and value of hospice care.

Please show your support so we can continue our life-changing services.

Meet Baden.

Baden had no idea what to expect from being cared for by hospice, and he was blown away by the attention and care he experienced.

“Embrace Hospice, because it will be a magical thing you will do. To help you and your family.”

Meet Erin.

When Erin’s dad, Grahame, was diagnosed with stage four cancer, it was suggested to get in touch with hospice. From believing hospice was just a place to pass on, their perceptions were changed with the support and care they received.

“It doesn’t have to be a place you go to pass on. It is a support. If the worst happens they will also be there to do caring as well.”

Meet Israel.

When Israel’s wife, Teresa, found out she was sick, Israel and their family did everything they could to make sure she had the best chance. Experiencing the care and support of hospice helped Israel and his family through this difficult time.

“Hospice came on board at the right time. They didn’t dictate how we run things in our house. Their awareness to come into our whare and to support us in the worst time of our lives was very sensitive, very patient, and very supportive. We really looked forward to them coming and, to a larger extent, depending on them being there.”

Share our stories and the value of hospice care

We need you this week, to help share our stories. Simply find us on Facebook and Instagram and share our posts – it’s really that simple. Join the conversation by posting and using the hashtags #hospicestoriesofcare and #hospiceawareness2024

Everybody needs understanding and care. It’s these things that allow us to thrive when we are well, and get through when we are struggling. And we need these most when we are dying. At the end of our lives, when time is precious, hospice exists to ensure we do. Understanding the care, the value, and the comfort that Hospice provides – is why Hospice Awareness Week is so important.


  • 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.
  • The earlier we see you, the better. Days, weeks, months or sometimes years before death. Hospice helps you live every moment – right to the end.
  • Hospice is a holistic model of care, supporting your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Hospice supports family and whānau as the patient.
  • Hospices are independent charitable organisations providing care and support completely free of charge to people using our services.
  • Nationally, hospices raised over $94 million last year to fill the gap in government funding to keep hospice services free-of-charge.
  • Whilst free of charge to people using hospice services it costs a lot to provide, in the 2024 – 25 financial year we are predicting an operating income shortfall of $10.7 million. While we have budgeted for 46% of that to come from government funding, the remaining income will need to come from our charity shops, events, donations, and grants.