Josephine’s Gift Of Kindness
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.
Arts Therapy: Finding Peace Through Creativity
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...
Making the Most of Life: Brian’s Story
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...
Esther Bushell: Caring For Our Patients Holistically
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...
Dragonfly - Te Kapowai Workshop
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...
Yi finds her passion in palliative care nursing
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...
Rongoā Māori at home with Hospice
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...
Sue’s gift of companionship
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...
Top 3 Essential Oils for Wellbeing
Essential oils have been long known for their health benefits but with so many out there to choose from, how do you decide which are right for you? Natasha, our Hospice West Auckland Integrated Therapist, shares with us her top 3 essential oils and why. 1. LAVENDER Lavender oil has been used for centuries and is one of the most popular and versatile oils used in ar...
The gift that grows with time
All donations made to charitable organisations in New Zealand are tax deductible, and you are entitled to a rebate on every donation that you make. Donating your tax rebate to Hospice West Auckland is a great way to make your gift go even further. Your $100 donation could generate $148 over 4 years at no extra cost to you, making a massive difference to those living with li...
How far back can you claim? If you haven’t claimed your tax credit on donations to Hospice West Auckland over the past four years, simply tick the box on the form where it asks about past donations and the team at TaxGift will claim them as a further gift. This is an incredibly powerful way to help put those unclaimed credits to good use. How to opt in: To opt in...
Hospice Shops Update
To all of you wonderful donors, supporters and shoppers of Hospice West Auckland Hospice shops, we are so grateful of your ongoing support of Hospice, please do keep supporting us. Our Massey and Te Atatu Hospice Shops have temporarily shut their doors as we navigate through this rapidly changing world and manage this Omicron outbreak. Our amazing team members and volunteer...
Ride to Raise: From Cape Reinga to the Bluff
From Cape Reinga to the Bluff, it’ll be the ride of her life! Deb Moncur has been training hard every day to cycle the length of New Zealand on the 26 Feb. And she does it with a big smile, all the while raising awareness for Hospice West Auckland who cared for her late husband Dave five years ago. “I couldn’t have been a good carer for Dave if it wasn&rsq...
Farmers Trees of Remembrance campaign raises $24,500
We are delighted to announce that Farmers teams in the West raised $24,505 for Hospice West Auckland as part of the Trees of Remembrance campaign. The campaign allowed donating customers to hang a star with a special note to a loved one on the Trees of Remembrance instore at participating Farmers stores NorthWest, WestCity and New Lynn. The top three fundraisers in the We...
Exploring Rongoā Plants with Hospice
At Hospice West Auckland, we strive to provide palliative care that seeks to care for the whole person, their taha tinana (physical health), their taha wairua (spiritual health), a taha hinengaro (mental health) and their taha whānau (family health). Our Rongoā Māori (traditional Māori medicine) practitioner is available for all patients and their whānau, Māori or non...