Introducing Luca

Luca Bree has lived beside Grey Lynn Park for almost forty years and has seen many changes in that time. As an enthusiastic op shopper and single parent on a tight budget he was very pleased when the Ponsonby Hospice Shop opened, quickly becoming a regular customer. Recycling clothing, books and homeware fitted his ‘green’

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Celebrating National Volunteering Week 19 – 25 June 2022

National Volunteering Week 19 – 25 June 2022 Thank you, thank you, thank you to our amazing team of volunteers whose tireless work makes such a difference to the patients and families served by the teams at Mercy Hospice. From our retail volunteers through to our in-patient volunteers, drivers, companions, gardeners, caterers, beauty volunteers,

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Caring for your community

Much like Catherine McAuley and the original Sisters of Mercy, the Community Palliative Care (CPC) nurses at Mercy Hospice go out into the community every day to deliver much-needed clinical care and support to patients and their families.   With 20-30 referrals received each week, these nurses never know what their days will look

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Wongs, the Flower Lady, and heaps of hot chocolate

During the first lockdown, the inpatient unit (IPU) at Mercy Hospice was home to a 40-year-old Cook Island Māori, Tahitian man called Wilfred, but to everyone he met, he was ‘Wongs’.  With his family based in Tahiti and Rarotonga, Wongs spent his early years in New Zealand, either in care or on the streets.

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The cost of funding hospice races ahead of inflation

As the country as a whole attempts to carry on with life and business, Hospice New Zealand, the national organisation representing all hospice services in New Zealand, is doing what it can to highlight the funding crisis that simply won’t go away. For those of you who were not able to read this when

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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.

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Making the most of every moment

Hayley McCarthy’s mum, Col, stayed with Mercy for five weeks in Feb 2021. Around the same time, Hayley decided to get married and wanted to include Col in the celebrations, but she was unsure if this would be a possibility due to Col’s levels of consciousness. “…she’d barely eaten or woken in the days

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Remembering Teina

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

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