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Pinot Noir makers donate $25,000

Pinot Noir makers donate $25,000 to Otago Community Hospice Service in Central 

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green received a very welcome $25,000 this week from the Central Otago Pinot Charitable Trust auction held earlier this year. 

The donation arrived during Hospice Awareness Week, which is the Hospice’s largest fundraising push of the year. 

Every year Central Otago Winegrowers combine to produce a Central Otago Cuvée – and this year that will happen again, using the 2018 vintage. 

Futures on the Celebration Cuvee were sold at the highly successful auction held at the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration on 28th January. The auction was conducted on behalf of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Charitable Trust. The Celebration included a series of tastings and workshops by well-known winemakers and pinot noir experts with delegates attending from all round the world. The event concluded with the auction which drew a fantastic response from both New Zealand and overseas bidders. 

Crowe Horwath Partner and charity Chairman Alistair King says that the conference makes a significant amount every year through the auction and this year the Otago Community Hospice was their chosen charity. 

Alistair King said, “We should feel proud of our region’s wine producers who rally together to support local community groups. Otago Community Hospice has a serious need for funding and the Trust is delighted to support them. We would also like to thank our sponsors who helped make the 2018 Celebration and auction an absolute success”. 

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green described the contribution as significant at a time that use of Hospice services in the Central Otago region are growing. 

“In Central Otago, we are seeing quite some growth in the use of our service. Our team of palliative specialists based in Cromwell are perfectly placed to deliver the wrap-around care that our Hospice service is renowned for. Our team on the ground cover Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra – and all the surround areas. Last year alone they covered some 90,000 kms delivering this service. 

This contribution is a wonderful and significant surprise, and is perfectly timed with our Hospice Awareness Week.”

Freemasons celebrate 20 years of fundraising

Otago’s Hospice and Freemasons celebrate 20 years of fundraising


This week Otago Community Hospice and the region’s Freemasons celebrate 20 years of collaboration for the Hospice’s Annual Street Appeal.

Freemasons from all over Otago have supported the Hospice by leading the Hospice Awareness Week appeal since 1998.

Hospice CEO Ginny Green describes the partnership as integral to what is one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraisers.

 “The Masons have been incredible across the years, turning up rain or shine to raise funds for our service during Hospice Awareness Week. We are so grateful for their continued and strong support right across our region. And it’s not just during awareness week - they support us with grants and other fundraising efforts throughout each year.”

 In June 1998 an organising committee was formed to assist Hospice with the Annual Street Appeal, with Masonic lodges helping to organise the collection in their local communities. 

 Back in 1998 $7000 was raised. Since then the collection has grown to average $40,000. The funds go directly towards service provision for the 700 people on the Hospice programme each year. 

Freemason Mel Darling, the chairman of the appeal’s organizing group, says that charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry.

 “The association with the Hospice is rewarding; to be able to directly assist the hospice in supporting the terminally ill and their families all over Otago is a real privilege.

There is now a legacy for the Freemasons, and we are very proud of what we have achieved as a group for the Hospice.”

Nurse Practitioner steps up for Hospice in Central Otago

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Otago Community Hospice Central Otago services have been boosted with a newly graduated nurse practitioner in the Central Otago Community Team. 

Louisa Ingham has worked for Hospice as part of Cromwell-based Hospice team as a Care Co-ordinator for the last six years. During this time Louisa completed her Masters Degree at The University of Auckland and graduated as a nurse practitioner in March this year. 

Nurse practitioners combine advanced nursing knowledge with diagnostic reasoning to assess, diagnose and interpret diagnostic and lab tests as well as prescribe medications. 

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says adding this extra layer of expertise to the Central Otago Community Team brings a real strength to the service that delivers Hospice care to the region. 

“Central Otago has its challenges, being our fastest growing population whilst at the same time our most distant. Louisa will be focussed on providing education and support to the carers in Aged Residential Care. Increasing palliative care knowledge within these facilities will promote confidence in staff and enhance symptom control for people with palliative needs. Louisa will also be instrumental in progressing the practice of teaching family carers to administer medications by injection, which can be essential to enable people to stay at home close to the end of their life. To be able to progress this aspect of training in Central is very exciting.” 

Louisa studied for her nurse practitioner certification while she continued as a part-time Care Co-ordinator for the Hospice. After four years of study she says it’s great to have her life back. 

As well as papers in pharmacology, clinical assessment and pathophysiology, in her final year Louisa was accepted onto the nurse practitioner training program at the University of Auckland, which involved two papers; an advanced practicum and a prescribing paper. 

“Working rurally is always challenging with the geography of the region. But with my new scope I’ll be able to work collaboratively with the GPs as well as the wider team to better meet the needs of our patients, and enhance our primary health carer palliative knowledge.”

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