In December last year, Te Korowai Atawhai Mercy Hospice suddenly lost one of its most dear and devoted family members, Teina Stewart. Today we share memories of our beloved coworker and how she positively impacted the lives of those she served and the cause she loved for over 27 years.

Here’s a small selection of comments, pictures, and poems from those she worked with. There are far more we would have liked to include, but unfortunately space does not allow. We hope you observe a sense of the legacy and lasting impact Teina had on so many.


Making the most of every moment

Hayley McCarthy’s decision to celebrate her wedding at Mercy Hospice made it a dream come true for her and her mum, Col.

I had the best dad. ​

It is such a privilege to be able to share this account of gratitude and love from Antonia Guttenbeil, whose father Jason passed away at Mercy Hospice in 2018. Thank you also to Dain Guttenbeil, Antonia’s uncle, who continues to provide invaluable cultural insights and learning to the whole team at Mercy Hospice.

Lights to Remember

A cascade of lights adorning a large oak in the grounds of College Hill was the stunning centre piece for Lights to Remember, last year’s Christmas fundraising campaign. And what a wonderful way, after all the disruptions and frustrations of 2021 to end the year and focus on things that matter most to each of us: relationships.

Your hospice needs you!

There’s no doubt about it, it has been a rough time for our volunteers recently. With many of our valued and committed volunteers being rightly cautious, Retail especially, has had its share of vacancies, but slowly, people are getting back into the groove of their volunteering routines.

Support from the Mercy Hospice community

Another fun way to support Mercy Hospice is by running your own fundraiser. Here’s a selection of creative ways our amazing supporters have been raising money recently.

Thank you to the Trusts and Foundations

who have supported Mercy Hospice through generous grants

  • Duo Trust
  • Estate of Ernest Hyam Davis and Ted & Mollie Carr Endowment Trust – Perpetual Guardian
  • Four Winds Foundation
  • Hospice NZ Grants Programme, supported by Harcourts
  • Hugh Green Foundation
  • J A Redwood Charitable Trust – Perpetual Guardian
  • Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust
  • Lottery Grants Board
  • N R & J H Thomson Charitable Trust – Perpetual Guardian
  • Peter & David Picot Charitable Trust
  • Ralph and Eve Seelye Charitable Trust
  • The Sir William and Lady Lois Manchester Charitable Trust
  • The Lion Foundation

Thank you to all our Mercy Hospice supporters including our volunteers.

We could not do it without you.

Hospice New Zealand’s supporters and sponsors

Continuing the impact

A better quality of life is possible for Central Auckland’s palliative care patients, and there are lots of ways you or your organisation can make this happen when you turn your compassion into action.