Hospice encourages more Māori to use their services
Every year, Mercy Hospice helps around 250 people facing life-limiting illnesses.
The Hawke family lost their Nanny Dawn to cancer last year but says the hospice helped them to care for her during her last days, and TA Hawke encourages more Māori to do the same.
“E tangi tonu mātou e haehae tonu te ngākau taumaha rukiruki te ngākau i te pōuri ngihangiha.”
For three weeks she stayed at mercy hospice as she battled cancer.
In 2016, the hospice admitted 280 people, with 181 losing their lives here; just 7% of the patients were Māori.
Mercy Hospice worker Kingi Davis said some people don’t always know of the services out there to help their loved ones.
“E kore rātou e pai ana ki te rongo ki tēnā mate te auē, te mamae, mataku ana hoki ki te haramai ki konei kāore rātou e mōhio he aha ngā mahi rangatira ki konei. Koinā te mea tuatahi.”
Hawke says the hospice were what they needed in their time of need,
“Tērā koroua ka haramai me ōna waipiro katoa, ka tuku nips ka mōhio rātou ngā nekeneketanga, he aha te mea e whakahīhī i te manawa, whakamahana i te tinana.”
This year the hospice is running a campaign to carry on their work, they're calling it the bucket list broadcast.
The campaign will run till January 26th, when two lucky people will have their bucket wish come true.