Elizabeth Apiata and Moana

Flowers and family

Harbour Hospice care is available to anyone who needs specialist support at any stage of a life-limiting illness. Elizabeth Apiata was a patient with Harbour Hospice for well over a year and said the support enabled her to focus on the things that gave her joy – like flowers and her family. 

Scott & Julie March24 Newsletter blog (1)

A place to recharge

Many people think of hospice as a building where you go to die, yet 74% of stays at Harbour Hospice are for symptom management or respite care. Read Scott and Julie's story.


Claudine's Christmas

This Christmas looks a little different for Claudine, 48, who is now being cared for by Harbour Hospice after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021.

Ted ad Tina May appeal 2023 blog1

Opening doors for people like Ted

Harbour Hospice is asking its community to support its Open Doors programme, created so that people can benefit from hospice’s care much earlier in their journey.

mickey smith nov 22 appeal

How lucky we are in NZ

When Mickey Smith’s husband went into Harbour Hospice care the couple could not have felt more supported.

200 March appeal Alison

I'll always be Mum

It was the news she least expected. Alison, a single mother of two teenagers, shares how she has learned to live with cancer, how she has adapted to still be the best mum she can be to her kids - and how Harbour Hospice has come to fit into their lives to support them.

Jon Cheryll Blog

When Cheryll met Jon

This close couple met 15 years ago at a tenpin bowling event for singles. While Cheryll was there for love Jon will tell you he was there for the bowling.

Colin Bartram blog

Colin's Story

When Colin Bartrom’s pain became too much for him to bear he reluctantly agreed to a short stay at our Inpatient Unit. He’s now home again and coping beautifully, with the loving support of his family.

Margaret story wrapped in love shore project april 21 blog

Margaret's Story

After many years of supporting Harbour Hospice alongside her husband Terry, Margaret Dunleavy is now being cared for at home by our community team, with her family by her side.

Colleen Gorbey web

Colleen's Story

Colleen Gorbey plans her weeks around mah jong and golf, enjoys friends and neighbours popping in and spends evenings creating photo journals online. It’s a thoroughly normal life that’s also exceptional, considering what she’s been through.