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Proudly introducing ‘Ten Christmas Tables for Te Omanga Hospice’ – Sunday 6 December 2015

Te Omanga is delighted to be able to tell you all about our very own new Christmas fundraising event!  ‘Ten Christmas Tables for Te Omanga Hospice’ is a great opportunity for families to get together, enjoy a day out and remember a loved one.  The idea is styled like a garden tour or architecture tour where people travel around a neighbourhood and look at people’s homes and gardens except for this event, the focus is on Christmas, specifically the dinner table and how people set it and decorate it.  We know that Kiwis love interiors, and looking at other people’s homes is a great form of inspiration.  We also know that people love Christmas and the festivities associated with it.  The tour incorporates ten unique homes with a variety of  styles and navigates it way through Lower Hutt from Maungaraki to Eastbourne.  Be inspired, get together and enjoy a day out.  There will be many surprises along the way.

Tickets: $50 each or $100 Family Pass

Tickets are strictly limited and are available from our three Retail Shops, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt and Petone or by contacting the event organiser Brian Wood by email brian.wood@teomanga.org.nz.  For more information, please see the artwork for our poster and flyer, here ... Ten Christmas Tables for Te Omanga poster and Ten Christmas Tables for Te Omanga flyer 

Proudly supported by Tommy's Lower Hutt and Apex Print & Design.


Celebrating our three replacement Community Nursing team cars!

Recently we welcomed Chris & Liz Boon, Owner Operators of McDonalds Upper Hutt, Silverstream, Petone and Wainuiomata and some of their crew to the hospice to take a photo of them with our fabulous replacement Yaris cars.  We were delighted that Patron of the Te Omanga Hospice Trust, Marion Cooper as well as Patron of the Te Omanga Hospice Foundation, Keith Quinn were able to join Board members Elaine Moffat, Graeme Talbot and Richard Taggart for the celebrations.  Over morning tea, Biddy told the McDonalds team how much we valued their amazing Managers and crew who donate voluntarily through their wages, as well as running numerous raffles and fun days in the stores, which allows them to support their chosen charities.  We are really thriving on our partnership with the Boons and their team and couldn’t be happier to have their genuine support of our work in the community.  Here is a photo taken outside the IPU by Jess Dewsnap of Woolf Photography.


Tree of Remembrance Campaign 

Once again all Farmers stores throughout New Zealand will be raising funds for hospices throughout the country in the lead up to Christmas.  This year, the Tree of Remembrance event runs from 16 November through to Christmas and is a special way for you to remember someone at Christmas time.  Donations made at the Tree of Remembrance displayed at Farmers Queensgate and Upper Hutt Mall will go exclusively to Te Omanga Hospice.

This year, as well as having the Trees of Remembrance in all 56 stores – Farmers are also selling two specially designed, hand painted baubles instore now. 

There are two designs – Pohutukawa by Michael Tuffery and Kowhai by Letitia Lam. 

Inspired by the iconic “kiwi” Christmas Tree, Michael’s design is in the traditional colours of Christmas, laden with “antipodean holly” symbolising our sense of place.  The design also reflects Tivaevae, capturing the vibrant beauty and unique design so familiar througout the Pacific.  Kowhai is the offical flower of hospice.  The design was inspired by the concept of being looked after which is the essence of the service a hospice provides.

In support of Te Omanga Hospice, baubles are available exclusively at Farmers stores at Queensgate Mall and Upper Hutt Mall at a cost of $10 each.  The full $10 will be donated to support our service in your community.  So please head into Farmers and purchase these beautiful pieces of art for your Christmas tree and help raise funds for your hospice.  While there, you can make a donation and leave a note on a special Christmas card to attach to the Tree of Remembrance as your way to remember a loved one at this time of year.



Thank you all  for attending and supporting the Changing Minds Seminar on 4th September 2015. The energy in the Little Theatre was tangible and showed us there was desire to make a difference to people living and dying with dementia.

There will be an evaluation form on Survey Monkey with a certificate of attendance sent out to you all. We welcome your comments and suggestions for future topics for Changing Minds Seminar 2017.

The Conference Committee would like to thank all the presenters and the sponsors who supported the seminar.   Without the support of these people the conference would not have been possible or as successful.  Any surplus made from the seminar will be placed in a Special Education Fund for palliative care education for those working in aged care in the Hutt Valley. Your attendance has made on going learning possible.

We trust you went away feeling empowered and enthused to action positive change to make a difference today.

Keep up the great work and continue to work together!

Warm wishes

Organising Committee:

Kate Gellatly, Te Omanga Hospice (Chairperson), Raelee Jensen, Te Omanga Hospice, Theresa McGlynn, St. Joseph's Home of Compassion, Ros McIntosh, Te Omanga Hospice, Karen Rhind, Wesleyhaven Village, Trish Watts, Aroha Care Centre

Presentations:  Please click on the following links:  
Beth McDougall Person First-Dementia Second.pdf
Biddy Harford Why Change is Needed.pdf
Brian Almand Pharmacology Managing BPSD.pdf
Diane Greenwood-Havea It Does Impact.pdf
Dr Zainab Contractor Blending Specialities for Caring.pdf
Elaine Burn Know Me Before You Judge Me.pdf
Emma Fromings.pdf
Professor Cunningham Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll.pdf
Professor Faull Exciting Developments on Dementia Research.pdf


Bereavement Walking Group

Our Family Support team are launching a fresh schedule of Bereavement Walking Group opportunities on 7 October.  Please download our flyer below for more information.

Bereavement Walking Group  


Learn more about the services we deliver by downloading our Fact Sheet

Te Omanga Hospice provides palliative care through an interdisciplinary team of specialist doctors, nurses, therapists and specially trained volunteers to those living with a life limiting condition in the Hutt Valley.  To find out more, please discover our Fact Sheet here ... Te Omanga Fact Sheet


Entertainment Books are available now - please support us by buying one

2015-16 Entertainment Memberships are here.  To those of you who have already placed your order, thank you, and for those of you who have yet to order, please use the link below to order online your book or digital membership.  If you are able to forward this onto friends, family or colleagues who may be looking for a charity to support on our behalf, please do.  Please remember that from every purchase, $12 comes to Te Omanga Hospice.  We have a target of $5,000 to reach from the sale of these books - please help us exceed this if you can!  It would be fantastic if you could help us.  Please order by clicking on this link ... https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/1042g50.  Thank you!!!


Good in the Hood - the results are in!

Te Omanga was the charity which received the most lovely orange tokens at Z Vic Corner's Good in the Hood event.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to those who voted for us, and to the amazing team at Z Vic!  Here are Julie McMeeken, Funds Development Manager and Leanne McLean, Fundraising & Marketing Director, with the fab team from Z Vic collecting our cheque for $1,600.00.


Te Omanga Hospice 2015 Learning Opportunities

Our Palliative Care Learning Opportunities brochure is downloadable here ... Te Omanga Hospice 2015 Learning Opportunities.pdf.  Please register for your course now by completing the registration form on the brochure.  We look forward to working with you throughout the year.


Thank you for your amazing support of our three hospice shops!

Thank you for having our shops in Petone, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt in your hearts.  Because of your donations, as well as your treasure hunting, you help Te Omanga Hospice continue to deliver our excellent palliative care to patients and their family living throughout the Hutt Valley region, free of charge.  From gorgeous crystal to fabulous furniture and amazing clothes, we've got everything you need.  Please visit us at 374 Jackson Street Petone, 50 Queens Drive Lower Hutt and 226 Main Street Upper Hutt.  We're open 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm at all three shops.  We also have an 0800 number for those wanting to find out more about donating goods to our shops.  Please call 0800 836 626, listen to the menu, choose the shop you would like to receive your goods and you will be automatically put through to them.  We look forward to hearing from you! 


An easy way to help us!

Please click on the link below to see how you can help by giving a little to Te Omanga Hospice

Family Support services new home - Cooper Cottage

In November 2013 we welcomed a beautiful new addition to the grounds at Woburn Road - a new home for our Family Support team called 'Cooper Cottage'.  This new cottage is the home for our Art Therapy Service, Bereavement Counselling and Care Co-ordination Service, Biographers Service, Home Support Service, Maori Support Service, Music Therapy Service, Social Work Service, Spiritual Service and Touch Therapy Service.


Te Omanga's Garden of Appreciation

This joint project between Te Omanga Hospice, Hutt River Vallley Rotary Club and the Hutt City Council, since November 2005 has enjoyed the support of local families looking to create a permanent tribute to a loved one or to commemorate a special event or memory.  Engraved bricks are laid along the pathways in the garden, each one a lasting reminder of someone or something special.  The garden is located in Bracken Street in Petone and has increasingly become a popular space in which to spend time in quiet thought, in remembrance and reflection.

The established trees, the bird life along with the tranquil ambience make this a place to appreciate the services provided by Te Omanga while at the same time providing a permanent record.  Quality clay bricks are supplied for $100.00 each, which entitles people to have a loved one's name or message (containing up to 28 letters in 2 lines of 14 characters, including spaces), engraved on the brick.  If you would like to remember someone special this way, please contact Te Omanga's Fundraising & Marketing team on fundraising@teomanga.org.nz.  Thank you.



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