From 7 November 2021 assisted dying will be legal in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This means that a person with a terminal illness, who meets strict eligibility criteria, can request medication to end their life.
We acknowledge and respect an individual's right to choose and will continue to support anyone in our community regardless of their views, values or personal wishes.
As an organisation, however, Harbour Hospice conscientiously objects to administering medication to end someone's life and remains aligned with the hospice philosophy to neither hasten nor postpone death.
Regardless of your views or wishes, we are here for you and your whānau.
Commonly asked questions
We appreciate that patients and their families may wish to discuss assisted dying. Our priority is to work alongside every patient to gain a deeper understanding of their suffering and work through the many ways we’re able to alleviate troubling symptoms.
Anyone who requests specific information about assisted dying will be connected to the Support and Consultation for End of Life in New Zealand group (SCENZ), established by the Ministry of Health.
There is always something than can be done. Palliative care is given right up until the very moment a person dies, and beyond, with ongoing support for family and whānau. Our specialist care team helps people manage pain and other distressing symptoms, by supporting a person's physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, which can improve quality of life.
To learn more about the End of Life Choice Act and the introduction of assisted dying in New Zealand, click here to read official information from the Ministry of Health.
Palliative care is active treatment
Receiving Hospice care does not mean doing nothing, or ‘giving up’. Pain control continues to the end, alongside emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing.
* Palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organisation, “intends neither to hasten nor postpone death”. This philosophy is a cornerstone of hospice care in New Zealand. Palliative care is holistic – physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cultural needs are all valued equally.