Alan Thomas NVW blog 2024 (1)

Volunteer of many talents marks 30 years with hospice

Alan Thomas, aged 89, has volunteered for Harbour Hospice for an impressive 30 years. Apart from his marriage of 66 years to his wife Jill, it’s the longest commitment he’s ever made, he jokes.

national volunteer week 2024 blog (1)

National volunteer week 2024

The week of 16-22 June marks National Volunteer Week and Harbour Hospice will be taking the opportunity to celebrate and thank its army of 1200 volunteers.


Trail blazing Olympian Barbara Kendall inspires at Hibiscus House

Trail blazer. Icon. Advocate. Olympian. Volunteer. These are all words that describe Barbara Kendall, who we were incredibly lucky to host at Hibiscus House.

Chicks knitted (1)

Easter knitted chicks bring in a cool $4000

The results are in from our knitted chick Easter campaign. A total of 502 chicks were sold, raising an incredible $4016 for Harbour Hospice.

Easter chicks Mar24

Easter chick cuteness hits hospice shops

How cute are these little Easter chicks! We’ll be selling these in selected hospice shops this week, with a chocolate egg tucked inside each one.

Jan Adams volunteer 30 years 2023 (2)

The fundraiser

Volunteer Jan Adams, from the Hibiscus Coast, was recognised this year for 30 years of service. After originally intending to be a patient visitor she soon realised that her true talents lay in raising vital funds for hospice.

Jacky Ruck Jun23 blog (1)

The importance of a warm welcome 

Jacky Ruck has volunteered for Harbour Hospice for 20 years, often as a voice for Māori patients and their whānau.

Margaret McLean 2 (July23 blog)

‘Why I love Wednesdays’ 

Ask Margaret McLean what her favourite day of the week is and she’ll tell you Wednesday, because that’s the day she volunteers at Harbour Hospice. 

Maggie Cornish 1 (Jun23 blog)

The story teller

In her 15 years as a volunteer life story writer Maggie Cornish has written many stories but the one she will never forget was the one she never got to finish.

Barbara Maitland 3 (June 23 blog)

Helping patients relax, one foot at a time

After 25 years Barbara Maitland has massaged a lot of feet at Harbour Hospice – and she loves it!