Palliative Care Support for Whānau

Cultural support end-of-life care for whānau and their families facing terminal illness in Marlborough.

Palliative Care Support for Whānau

In collaboration with Hospice Marlborough, our dedicated palliative support Kaimahi offers compassionate, respectful, and culturally attuned support for whānau of all ages receiving palliative, hospice, or outpatient care.

This joint initiative between Hospice Marlborough and Te Hauora o Ngāti Rārua aims to ensure that Māori tūroro (patients) and their whānau experience hospice care tailored to their cultural needs and preferences, encompassing both inpatient and community-based support as required.

Our team acknowledges the importance of cultural understanding and practices during this critical time, working diligently to create a comforting and respectful environment for patients and their families.

We are committed to walking alongside whānau during their end-of-life journey, providing essential care and nurturing their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.

This service is for:

All whānau - no matter where they are from.

This service can assist with:

  • Karakia with whānau
  • Kōrero helping families prepare for a loved one to pass
  • Psychological - threats, harassment and humiliation causing mental stress
  • Tautoko for Maori
  • Whitiwhiti kōrero (spiritual and cultural support)
  • And more.

How this service can help

Hospice provides services free of charge to tūroro (patients) and their whānau regardless of ethnicity, age or religion.

Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hospice Malborough is also connected to the District Nurse, patient GPs, agencies and other home care service providers.

Our Palliative Care Kaimahi is on call 24/7 and can be called into the hospice to meet with families on arrival or at any time the service is needed.

Our team knows that dealing with a terminal illness is difficult for whānau and is available for ongoing tautoko (support).

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Takiri mai ra ko te ata i te tonga. Ka whariki mai te manu kua ao kua awatea. He ngākau aroha e kitea i roto inga to pito o te whare, Ngā uri whaka tupu ki te maunga teitei. E rupu mai ana e ngā hua papai, He oranga mō te iwi māori. - Nā te Kuia nā Keupe Stafford Fairest.

How the service works

Make contact

You can reach out to us directly for support, or a referral may be received from an agency or a community organisation.

Meet in person

Whakawhanaungatanga - A member of our team meets with you, providing a comfortable space for open conversation and mutual understanding.

Make a plan

Together, we assess your needs and create a tailored plan. Urgent needs are addressed first, ensuring that each plan takes a holistic approach – recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.