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Nelson Tasman Hospice provides specialist palliative care services for people of all ages with life-limiting illnesses, supporting them, their whānau and carers, through illness, death and bereavement.

We work as a team. We know that people with life-limiting illnesses need a holistic approach to their care, not only focusing on physical symptoms but also supporting patients and their whānau with the social, emotional, and spiritual impact of their illness. The level of care we provide is based on the needs of the patient and whānau. Our care is available throughout the Nelson Tasman region and is provided in the home, in aged-care facilities, in hospitals, and in our purpose-built Specialist Palliative Care Unit (SPCU).

Our services are free of charge; however, it does cost to provide them. At present we receive 52% of our annual running costs from Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough, the remaining 48% must be raised every year. We could not continue providing these services without the generosity of our corporate sponsors and community, or our Hospice Shops

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Nelson Tasman Hospice has been providing palliative care services to the region since 1987, made possible with support from the local community.

To care always – Atawhaitai, manaakitia mō ake tonu.  All people in the Nelson/Tasman community have access to high quality compassionate palliative care.

To assist patients to make the most of the life that remains and to ensure that patients die comfortably, with dignity and in the place of their choice. To provide support and care for the family/whānau and close friends during the patient’s illness and in bereavement.

Respect and Dignity – Whakaute me whakarangatira

This value commits us to honour the autonomy and worth of all people. To work in partnership with colleagues, patients, their whānau and people in the community. This requires us to acknowledge that each person is unique with their own physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural strengths and needs.

Advocacy – Kaiāwhina

This reminds us to ensure everyone can equally and fairly access our care services. Supportive networks allow us to ensure all voices are heard and individual rights are upheld.

Compassion – Manakitanga

An important part of our role in the community. Compassion compels us to be sensitive and supportive to one another. Manakitanga means ‘to extend aroha to each other’.

Quality -Kounga

A commitment to excellence through sharing knowledge, skills, and expertise within Hospice and the Nelson Tasman community. We do this with ongoing quality improvement, regular training and a devotion to best practice in all aspects of our work.

Trust – Tiakitanga

This value reinforces the values of compassion, quality, advocacy, respect and dignity by ensuring that we sustain a commitment to integrity and honesty.

Annual Impact Report 2023


Work with Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust

The top of New Zealand’s South Island has it all – be it outdoor adventures, boutique vineyards, gourmet food or beautiful scenery. This is your chance to work and play in a special place at a time of unprecedented opportunity.

For over 30 years Nelson Tasman Hospice has been a regional leader in providing specialist palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses, enabling them to live “every moment” until they die. Our passionate colleagues and volunteers embrace our vision – to care always – to meet the needs of our ever-growing community, and our mission – to assist patients to make the most of life that remains.

If you are interested in joining this dedicated team, helping to deliver quality care to people in our community please click the link below for details of current opportunities.

Palliative Care

‘Palliative care’ is the provision of caring and dignified support and services for people of all ages facing a life-limiting condition.

If you have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, palliative care aims to:

  • allow you to live the way you want during and after treatment and
  • equip your family and caregivers to support you while taking care of themselves.

Palliative care is provided wherever the person is, whether that is in their homes, in hospice facilities, in hospital or in aged residential care.

Hospices, such as Nelson Tasman Hospice, are the main providers of specialist palliative care services.

Read more at Health Navigator NZ: Palliative Care Overview

Hospice NZ

Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust is a full member of Hospice New Zealand

Hospice New Zealand is the national organisation that represents all hospice services in New Zealand. Hospice isn’t run by a “head office” body, as all NZ Hospice members are independently governed and managed at a local level. Hospice New Zealand work in partnership with all member services to ensure people needing end of life hospice care are well supported.

Hospice New Zealand Website

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Volunteering for Hospice can be a great way to support the community, gain new experiences and meet new people. Help Nelson Tasman Hospice maintain its range of care and support services.



Your support is vital to continue hospice care in the Nelson Tasman community. There’s lots of great ways you can help.



You can help Hospice make up this funding shortfall by making a donation, organising a fundraising initiative in your community, funding a day of care, or volunteering your time.


Many thanks to our wonderful supporters:

Kahikatea sponsors

Kauri sponsors

Rimu sponsors

Nīkau sponsors

Rātā sponsors

Harakeke sponsors

Hybrid Bikes | Tasman Pine | Scott Construction | Proper Crisps | Smart Business Centre | Jarden | Gallagher Insurance NZ | Sounds Air | Azwood | GO Media | Be Seen More | Suzuki NZ | BNI Originals Nelson | Printhouse | Slightly Different | Blueberry IT | BNI Hive-Mind Connections | Dayman’s | Dilmah Tea | MS Ford | Trafalgar Royal Arch Chapter | Golden Bay Lions | Nelson Masonic Hall Company Ltd | Harcourts Foundation

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