Due to the generosity of Veta Mary James, in May 1998 Waipuna Hospice was able to move to its new location at Te Puna by the beautiful Wairoa River. A year later building extensions were completed to accommodate the new community service wing.
By September 2001 the six bed in-patient facility was ready for patient intake. Research showed that there was a great need for 24 hour palliative care in our community. The local Lions Club supported the project by raising the funds needed to furnish and equip the facility.
Between 2003 and 2004, however, the IPU faced uncertain times and was at risk of closing. The community rallied and provided tremendous support to ensure that the hospice service, which they acknowledged held an essential place, would remain open and go from strength to strength.
The growing – and ageing – population in the district and the increased complexity of patients’ needs led to further development of the hospice facilty. Seven more Inpatient rooms, support service offices, a new training room and extended carparks were completed in December 2006.
In March 2015 a further expansion was completed thanks to a generous grant from Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust (TECT) and matched by the Waipuna Hospice Foundation. Its future-proof purpose is multi-faceted, catering for education and training sessions, day services clinics, play therapy, assessment and treatment rooms, massage therapy, and more.
Waipuna Hospice has come a long way and all these achievements would not have been possible without all the wonderful people who support this special cause.
Thank you to the Jenkins, without whom the hospice might never have evolved. Thank you to Veta James, whose generosity enabled much of the development.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked unconditionally. Thank you to the community minded people, staff, committee members, patrons, board members, donors and supporters for all their time, effort and money. This is a very special community and we hope the community spirit will live on and continue to support Waipuna Hospice.