May 14–20 is Hospice Awareness Week 2018, an opportunity for communities to better understand how local hospices can help patients and their families ‘live every moment’.

People are often not aware that hospices provide care for people of any age, with any life-limiting condition.

A common misconception is that hospices are solely for those with cancer. However in reality 25% of people accessing hospice services have a life-limiting diagnosis other than cancer.


With thanks to our awareness week sponsors

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:

Change your Facebook profile picture in support of Hospice Awareness Week. Help spread awareness by uploading one of our frames. Just click ‘update profile picture’, click ‘ Add Frame and search ‘Waipuna Hospice Awareness Week’ there are different frames to choose from so take your pick!
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.
Have fun with us on the Bucket List Challenge! Tackle some things on your bucket list. Snap a photo with our custom Bucket List Challenge photo frame (find the link on the Facebook page), share it with the hashtag #WHBucketListChallenge. Then, tag your friends and families and get them involved. Make a donation while you are at it and complete the challenge!


  • 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 2016 it will cost over $100m nationally.
  • 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 2015 the total required from fundraising efforts was more than $45M nationally.


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.

“People sometimes say that when you’re diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, it’s like holding a giant magnifying glass up to your life”, says Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice New Zealand. “Suddenly the things that truly matter become even clearer”.

“For some, it might be very important to be able to watch the sunrise, listen to their favourite music or watch their children play sport. Hospice helps people make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them”.

“Last year, a third of all people who died in New Zealand were supported by hospice,” says Ms Schumacher. “We’re incredibly proud to know that hospice plays such a big role in our country, and touches so many people’s lives. We do hope people will take the opportunity this week to learn more about their local hospice service, how they can get involved, and to consider what truly ‘living every moment’ means to them”.