Volunteer with us

A little or a lot – your gift of time makes a difference

There are many ways you can make a difference by donating your time and talent to Harbour Hospice. Check our current vacancies or become a valued volunteer

Just to give you an idea of how you can volunteer for Hospice, read on....


If you love working as part of a team and are looking for a regular commitment of time, volunteering in your local Hospice shop may be for you. Whether it’s sorting, pricing or selling items, our retail volunteers say they have great fun meeting new people and love helping the Hospice community in a sustainable way.

Volunteering from Home

If being tied down to specific time commitments does not suit your lifestyle, you can still contribute creatively from your own home. Items like potted up seedlings, your favourite jams, jellies, chutneys or sauces or your sewing creations can all be sold through our shops – and contribute to keeping Hospice services free. Enquire at your local Hospice shop.  


The Harbour Hospice fundraising team are integral in generating much-needed donations from organising events and activities throughout the year. If you can’t donate regular time, love working with others but still want to help out occasionally, being part of the fundraising team might be right for you.

Patient Support

Assisting our healthcare professionals in looking after patients – whether at Harbour Hospice, in people’s homes or in the community – takes a special type of person. Options include visiting patients in wherever they call home, helping out with day programmes, or recording life stories are all ways to help patients and their whanau. At Hibiscus Coast, volunteers also help in the inpatient Unit.

Kitchen Volunteers

Nourishing our patients at Harbour Hospice with delicious, nutritious food is crucial, so if you would like to help prepare, cook and serve kai (and help us clean up!) we welcome your services as a kitchen volunteer.

Patient Drivers

Our friendly team of volunteer drivers transport patients and their whānau to Harbour Hospice and other health-related appointments. If you have a current NZ driver’s licence and a clear driving record your services will be greatly appreciated.


The beautiful gardens at Harbour Hospice are so important for the wellbeing of our patients, whānau and visitors. Join our gardening volunteers to help plant, weed, prune and water these delightful outdoor spaces that put a smile on everyone’s face. Or you can really help patients and their whānau directly by keeping their gardens in good shape.

Massage or reiki therapists

Complementary therapies such as massage and reiki therapy can offer great benefits and comfort to people living with serious illness. If you are qualified, experienced and registered in massage or reiki therapy (preferably with an interest in palliative care and oncology), please enquire here about volunteering for Harbour Hospice.


Come and help our busy receptionists and administrators answer phones, welcome visitors and get through many other office tasks to keep Harbour Hospice running smoothly. Whether you have specific office skills or a welcoming smile and great organisational nouse, we’d love to have you on the team.

Car washing

If you have a passion for cars, Harbour Hospice has a volunteer job for you! Our doctors and nurses use a pool of vehicles to visit patients and their whānau in the community, and we would love your help to keep them clean and tidy.