Inspire others with your story.

The strength and courage of our patients, their families, and whānau is an inspiration. Over the years Waipuna Hospice has cared for thousands of patients across the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga. In the last year alone we cared for over 1000 patients, making over 7,500 nurse visits, 20,000 phone calls, and travelling over 240,000 km to visit our patients and their families.

Your experience can make a difference in the lives of others.

One of the most amazing ways you can help raise awareness and provide support to others in your community, is by sharing your story. Sharing your story is a powerful way to remind others that they are not alone. Hearing someone else’s story can bring comfort to those who are facing a similar illness or dealing with the grief of losing a loved one.

Stories like yours can get people talking, change attitudes, challenge stigma, and help people in your community by inspiring future support.

If we’ve looked after someone close to you during their final days, or you have a unique story about what hospice care is and how it helps, we’d love to hear from you.

Please submit your story by completing the below form. Personal stories may be shared on our website, social media, in our newsletter, or on our website. We would never consider using any part of your story without asking you first.

The courage it takes to share your story might be the very thing someone else needs to open their heart.” – Unknown

Inspire. Change lives. Share your story today.

  • Please tick all the options that apply to your story.
  • It would be great if you could give an overview of your personal experience but don't worry about writing too much - we'll be in touch to get the full details and ask additional questions.
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    When you submit your story a member of our team will review it and will get in touch. You are under no obligation to share your story publicly, and can change your mind at any time. Please note we may not be able to use all stories submitted immediately but will keep them on file. You can ask us to remove your submission at any time by emailing communications@waipunahospice.org.nz or call 07 552 4380 ext. 317.

    If necessary, we may contact you for additional details. Your contact information will not be shared outside of Waipuna Hospice.

    If you prefer to send your story via email, please send it to communications@waipunahospice.org.nz or by mail at Waipuna Hospice C/O Sasima Pearce: PO Box 16299, Bethlehem, Tauranga, 3147

    “Pete was able to continue to be himself, to finish his story with dignity, love and peace. When Pete’s illness worsened, the nurses started visiting every day and he would look forward to their visits. Straight away you could see the relief on his face, knowing he was in good hands.” – Jackie Graham, Pete’s loving wife.