Zita Kay is one of Hospice West Auckland’s very special volunteers. She first started volunteering for Hospice in 1988, and although she has just celebrated her 88th birthday she is still donating her time to the organisation! Over the years Zita has done ‘anything and everything’ for Hospice, including answering the phone and front of house, Christmas Trees...more
Shelly Moloney is the driving force behind Hospice West Auckland’s Virtual Services, the innovative approach to enhancing palliative care provision to the West Auckland community. Shelly has almost 20 years’ experience in palliative care and has been associated with Hospice West Auckland since 2010 when she joined the team as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. T...more
James’ wife Josephine was cared for by Hospice West Auckland last year. He donated one of Josephine’s treasured possessions, a stunning Louis Vuitton handbag, to raise funds for Hospice via private auction. To part with something so meaningful was difficult for James, but we know that Josephine’s innate kindness has flowed through him with this donation. The...
Josephine, take care of our son and know that I will love you forever – James.more
Arts therapy is one of the holistic treatments that Hospice West Auckland provides to support the care of our patients and their whānau. It utilises a range of art modalities to support people with expressing their emotions and thoughts in creative ways - a powerful tool as one’s experience can at times be too hard to put into words. Hospice’s Arts Therapist Ka...
Kathrin weaves her words to paint us a beautiful picture welcoming summer: The beginning of December brings with it the start of summer, a welcoming of long days and shorter nights, of evenings in a park for an impromptu picnic, of enjoying the warmth of the sun alongside a delicious cooling breeze. Summer always reminds me that no matter how long the winter in Tāmak...more
Brian was cared for by Hospice West Auckland from 2020 - 2021. Here his wife Teo and sister Diane share his story. Brian was born and raised in Te Atatu North, the youngest of four siblings and the only boy. He loved living out West, and after completing his OE it was an easy choice for Brian and Teo to return to Te Atatu to establish their family and raise their three daug...
It was four years after his cancer diagnosis when Brian, aged 54 years, came under Hospice West Auckland’s care. Fighting with all his strength, he had strongly argued against contacting Hospice, believing it would be a sign that he had given up. But when a particularly bad patch left him unable to manage his pain, he then agreed that expertise in pain management from H...more
Proud Westie Esther Bushell joined the Hospice West Auckland team earlier this year as Psychosocial Services Manager. She leads the Social Care team who together provide for the social, psychological and emotional needs of Hospice patients and their loved ones – everything, in fact, additional to their medical needs. “There is so much more that impacts on a patien...more
There are so many ways you can support Hospice West Auckland! Some of our amazing staff and volunteers joined our recent Dragonfly - Te Kapowai workshop, making beautiful beaded dragonflies as keepsakes for families who have lost a loved one. If you're interested in joining one of our workshops, or any of our other fun volunteer activities, contact us on volunteer...more
Yi’s family, originally from Zheng Zhou, in the He Nan province of China, have been living in NZ for twenty years now. Many new things have come her way since they moved, including the discovery of her passion for specialist palliative care nursing. When the opportunity presented itself to step into a specialist palliative care nursing role at the Waikato in-pat...more
Donna is living with a life-limiting illness. She recently gifted us with her time to share about the profound difference that Hospice West Auckland and her Rongoā Practitioner, Emma Haslam have made on her journey so far. Rongoā Māori is the traditional healing system of Māori. It encompasses herbal remedies, physical therapies and spiritual healing. For Donna, “...
Emma showed Donna and her daughter how she could extract the gel and apply it to the rash. Donna recalls how significant and special this experience was to her and her daughter “My baby really appreciated that day, she told her sisters about it. She went on to tell the story of the harakeke”. As her daughter is Donna’s primary carer, Donna shared...more
Sue has always been passionate about supporting people at end of life. During her career as a Social Worker, she worked for many years in a hospital supporting end of life patients. Never one to slow down, Sue, now 73yrs old, came to Hospice West Auckland in 2017 to express that she would like to gift her time to those in our care. Since joining our team in 2017, Sue has ge...more