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Job Vacancy: Registered and/or Enrolled Nurse

Registered and/or Enrolled Nurses

Permanent 0.8 FTE available 


The Otago Community Hospice has vacancies for Nursing Staff.  This is an exciting opportunity to bring your skills and develop your knowledge in Specialist Palliative care.  

Preference will be given to nurses with palliative care experience; however applications from enthusiastic and passionate nurses will be welcomed.

Applications can be addressed to:

Barbara Reid, Executive Assistant

PO Box 8002

Dunedin 9041

or email Barbara.reid@otagohospice.co.nz

Applications close 5pm Monday 24 April and will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


Information for Applicants

Registered Nurse Position Description

Enrolled Nurse Position Description

Application Form


The Great New Zealand Tractor Trek 2018

The Great New Zealand Tractor Trek 2018 is coming to Central Otago to support Otago Community Hospice.

The second Great New Zealand Tractor Trek is travelling over the Nevis Pass and through to Hawea via Cromwell on February 14th, 2018, in a bid to raise funds and awareness for our local Otago Community Hospice.

Led by Trek Founder Phil Aish, a cavalcade of tractors, jeeps and trucks is travelling over 2,600km from Bluff to Cape Reinga from 12 February to 9 March and will visit towns along the way.

Locals are invited to welcome the trekkers and check out the tractor line up – it is estimated that the cavalcade will be passing Cromwell at around 3pm on Wednesday February 14th. Hospice volunteers and staff will be providing the convoy afternoon tea at Webbs Fruit Stall, before they make their way to Hawea campground.

The Trek is a labour of love for Phil Aish, who did a similar Trek in 2016 to honour a promise made to his wife Janice in her last weeks of life. Phil and Janice wanted to say thank you to Hospice for the immeasurable support Mercy Hospice in Auckland provided the Aish family during Janice’s last days. When discussing the practicalities of such a Trek, Janice told him to ‘do it’.

“You can’t put a price on having the burden of care lifted off your shoulders when someone close to you has a life-limiting illness. Hospices in towns all over New Zealand provide people and their families with a very special type of care and support. Our family didn’t know it existed until we needed it. I want other families to know that these amazing services are being provided in their own communities, so they have an opportunity to acknowledge and support them in any way they can,” says Phil.

In the 2018 Trek, Phil, along with supporters, friends and family hope to collect at least $100,000, the same amount raised during the 2016 Trek. All donations go directly to hospice services.

Hospices aim to help people with life-limiting conditions to make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them. Hospice care has a unique whole person approach, which means physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are all equally important. A multidisciplinary team provides care to a person who is dying as well as their families and friends both before and after death.

Hospice NZ CEO, Mary Schumacher, says “Phil and the team behind The Great NZ Tractor Trek capture the hearts of people across the country– it’s such a wonderful way to raise awareness of hospice services in local communities”. Hospices receive some funding from the Government, but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall each year. “We’re so grateful to people like Phil and his supporters who help ensure hospice care remains free of charge across New Zealand”, says Mary.

People can support the work of Hospice by donating to the Tractor Trek NZ 2018 at https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/the-great-nz-tractor-trek-2018

Farmers raise $40,000 for Otago Community Hospice

Dunedin and Oamaru Farmers raise $40,000 for Otago Community Hospice


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Farmers annual hospice campaign in Otago  has raised a record $40,124 for Otago Community Hospice services.

As part of a nation-wide campaign, In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Caring Connections in our Community event gives Farmers’ customers the opportunity to remember someone special to them, and to make a donation or buy a limited-edition bauble in support of the work of hospice.

The nation-wide campaign made a record-breaking total of  $768,162.

100% of all funds donated in each store remain in the local community, helping to ensure that hospice care remains free of charge for people with life-limiting conditions, their families and whānau.

CEO of Otago Community Hospice, Ginny Green says Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers’ staff  have always been incredible  supporters of the hospice.

 “We are exceptionally grateful for their year-on-year support. It is a significant chunk of money, and we can’t thank the teams at Farmers enough for the way they embrace the campaign and help us build awareness of our Otago Hospice.”

Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice NZ, says, “Our heart-felt thanks to everyone who contributed to this extraordinary result. The funds raised will make a real difference for people using hospice services throughout New Zealand. It’s humbling to see the way people come together for this event to remember their loved ones and to ensure their community’s hospice service remains free of charge.  We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Farmers for being such wonderful ambassadors for hospice, and to their customers for their generosity and kindness.”

Michael Power, acting Chief Executive of Farmers and Chief Financial Officer says, “The delivery of a national store-wide approach to our charity campaigns helps build a meaningful opportunity to connect with the community, as our staff work in unison toward a common goal. At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff and our business.  It’s heart-warming to know the positive difference it will make in our communities.”

Hospice Shop Gets New Truck

Hospice Shop Gets New Truck For About Town


Otago Community Hospice’s two Dunedin shops are putting to use the capacity of their new truck, co-funded by the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust.

The truck was purchased with a cornerstone grant of $20,000 from the Casino trust, and other donated funds.

Hospice CEO Ginny Green says with changing health and safety requirements, and increasing number of pick ups, including plenty of furniture moving meant that finding funding for a bigger, better-equipped truck became urgent at the beginning of this year.

“It was fantastic to get the $20,000 grant from the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust, which made the truck purchase possible.”

Bond Street Store Manager Cat Callanan says the truck has revolutionized shop pick ups for her and the shop team, being a lot bigger and having a hydraulic lift.

Hon Stan Rodger, the Chairman of the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust says the Trust was thrilled to be able to help with the purchase of the vehicle.

“The work of the Otago Hospice is so very important to many vulnerable people and their families. The truck will clearly be of considerable assistance in the fund-raising activities of the Hospice.”

There are seven Hospice Shops operating in several locations throughout Otago and they are a key part of the Hospice’s fundraising initiatives. This year the shops are forecast to contribute approximately 800,000 towards the hospice’s 2.4 million fundraising target. 


Farmers Campaign 2017

Farmers Campaign contributes directly to Hospice Services in Otago


Farmers annual Tree of Remembrance hospice campaign has started at Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers stores.


As part of a nation-wide campaign, the Farmers Tree of Remembrance gives shoppers a opportunity to remember someone special in the lead up to Christmas – for a small donation, visitors get a special card to write a personal message on, which can be hung on the tree in-store.


There is also a campaign-specific Christmas bauble designed by young designer Jemma Smith. These baubles are available at both Farmers stores with 100% of the $10 purchase price going directly to the hospice services in each store’s region.


CEO of Otago Community Hospice, Ginny Green says Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers have always been great supporters of the hospice.


“We are always overwhelmed by how incredible the staff and management are at Farmers, they really commit to this campaign, helping us get the messages out about hospice as well as raising significant funds for services in their region.


And this year the campaign is even more potent, as our Otago Community Hospice Services will be more visible in the near future when the North Otago Hospice Hub opens in mid-2018, providing a purpose-built space for the Otago Community Hospice’s Patient Services, Hospice Education Services and the new Hospice Store.”


Farmers store Dunedin Manager, Shelly Amezcua says the store customers appreciate that all donations raised in store remain in their local community to support friends and loved ones here.