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Welcome to Te Omanga Hospice
 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 our Lower and Upper Hutt Shops and 10.00am to 4.00pm at Petone.  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! 


Farmers and Hospice NZ - working together for local hospices like Te Omanga 

Farmers and Hospice NZ formed a partnership in 2014 that has seen 27 hospices throughout the country benefit in a range of ways. The central fundraising activity that Farmers worked with hospices on was the ‘Tree of Remembrance’ Christmas campaign.

Every Farmers throughout the country had a Tree of Remembrance in-store from 24 November until Christmas. Customers made a donation and received a remembrance card, then wrote their message on the card and hung it on the dedicated remembrance tree in-store.

This was a fabulous opportunity to remember someone special at Christmas and also support hospice services to remain free of charge.
Since 24 November when the Caring Connections in Our Community campaign started with our friends at Farmers, customers have donated over $430,000 nationwide.  Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved – Farmers staff and customers have given so generously to ensure hospice services remain free of charge.  THANK YOU!


Meet Kumanu the Kiwi
The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust generously gifted the naming rights of a Kiwi to Te Omanga Hospice in April this year, and last Saturday our gorgeous Kiwi, 'Kumanu' was released after a Blessing Ceremony at Woburn Road. 'Kumanu' means 'to tend carefully, foster, cherish, care for', and was the winning name from a 'Name Our Kiwi' competition Te Omanga Hospice ran with staff and volunteers.  Our thanks to Jackie Levy for coming up with this beautiful name for our Kiwi.  The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust gifted a Kiwi to us in recognition of the work that our staff and many volunteers do to support our community in their hours of great challenge and need.  We are so thankful to have received this amazing gift, and would like to thank not only The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, but all the special people who came to meet Kumanu before he was released into the wild.


Jackie Levy, Melody from The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust and Te Omanga CE Biddy Harford with Kumanu

Shapeshifter event success - the Te Omanga Hospice Foundation receives a donation of $25,000
In February every second year, Lower Hutt’s beautiful Civic Gardens are brought to life by the Shapeshifter outdoor sculpture exhibition as part of the New Zealand Festival. This year there were 60 sculptures displayed by established and emerging New Zealand artists.  Te Omanga Hospice Foundation has been extremely fortunate to receive a donation from ticket sales and sponsorship over the years, and at special evening at The Dowse on Wednesday 10 September we received a cheque for $25,000 presented by the Rotary Club of Hutt City.  Thank you Rotary Club of Hutt City and Hutt City Council for your amazing support of our work over the years. 

Recipients enjoying the hospitality at The Dowse


Te Omanga Hospice Foundation Chairman, Rod Gillespie, receives a cheque for $25,000

Minister of Health announces $20 million dollars extra funding for hospices

Hospice New Zealand is delighted that the current Government is recognising the benefit of hospice services to our communities and a commitment of extra funding to ensure our members’ services can be better resourced and expanded to provide education and clinical support to our colleagues in aged residential care facilities and primary care and to their residents and patients who need palliative care. 

Hospice New Zealand applied significant resources over the last 12-18 months in reviewing and analysing the resourcing needs of hospices and the imperative for greater support to the primary and aged care providers. This has included considerable collaboration with and advice to the Ministry and Minister of Health.

Whilst we must await the outcome of the election, and subsequently more details of the proposed funding package, should it eventuate Hospice New Zealand will be representing the interests of hospices right throughout the country in the structuring and distribution of the additional funding.
A Press Release from Hospice New Zealand about this announcement can be downloaded here ...  $20 million boost for hospices announced.pdf
Hutt Old Boys' Marist Rugby Club donate $10,000 to Te Omanga
The Hutt Old Boys' Marist Rugby Club, winners of Wellington rugby's premiership Jubilee Cup in a final against Wainuiomata last weekend, showed they have another string to their bow.  On Friday 8 August, HOBM Life Member Paddy Wells, Stu Tutt and The Eagle presented Biddy Harford, Te Omanga CE with a cheque for $10,000.  This is the culmination of several annual end of season golf tournaments at the Featherston Golf Club for past and present members of HOBM and their friends.  In presenting the cheque, Paddy commented on the caregiving in their final days of several club members, including Bernie Troy and John Burke in recent months.  In accepting the cheque, Biddy thanked the club for its generosity and community spirit.


Te Omanga now has a Hospice Shop 0800 number
To make it easier for anyone wanting to donate quality used goods to one of our three Hospice Shops we have set up an 0800 number - 0800 83 66 26.  Please call the number, listen to the menu options, choose the store you would like to receive your donation and you'll automatically be put through to them.  Easy!  Thank you for supporting Te Omanga Hospice Shops.  You help us turn second hand goods into first class care.

Green is the new black – in tea that is, and we need your help to raise $20,000

Long term Hospice New Zealand supporters at Dilmah Tea are currently donating 50 cents from each pack sold in their green tea range to Hospice New Zealand – so please purchase a specially marked pack and help raise much needed funds.  The goal is to sell 40,000 packs of tea – so do try it!  2014 is the seventeenth year that Dilmah Tea has been supporting hospices throughout New Zealand donating over 5 million tea bags during that time.  Since 1997 Dilmah has donated all the tea each hospice service in New Zealand could need each and every year. Due to this generous donation, we are able to make the highest quality tea available to people and their families, friends and visitors, staff and volunteers.  The process of making a cup of tea and the comforting conversations that can occur over a hot cup of tea, can be relaxing and therapeutic, no matter the time of day or night.  This year the total number of tea bags donated will reach approximately 5 million – a testament to the commitment the entire Fernando family has to hospice in New Zealand.  Thank you to our friends at Dilmah, your donation has been greatly appreciated over the past decade and a half.  For more information www.dilmah.co.nz

Some are calling it the best Vintners' yet and we couldn't be more happy with how our biggest annual fundraiser went on Sunday 3 August.  We owe so much to the generousity of everyone who participated in this gorgeous event ... from chefs to suppliers to sponsors and guests  Because of you, Te Omanga has raised many tens of thousands of dollars we can put straight into delivering quality palliative care in the Hutt Valley region.  And the date is even set for next year - Sunday 26 July 2015 at a venue yet to be announced!


 Photo credit:  Red Pebble Event Design, who absolutely took our vision and made it come true.  You are amazing!

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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