Other Donation Types

If you would like to donate directly please find Ways to Donate here; or read more about how you can support Tōtara Hospice through the following ways.

Click on each heading to find out more information: 


Thank you for considering supporting Tōtara Hospice in memory of a loved one. The phrase in ‘lieu of flowers’ doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be no flowers at the funeral; often it means that the family may have decided to limit floral tributes. Many families find it comforting to know that the passing of one loved one – whilst sad, can have a positive impact on the lives of many others in their community. If you would like to organise this:

  • Let your funeral director know that you would like to ask for donations for Tōtara Hospice and they will take care of everything else.
    • Each person that has donated and provided their name and address details for donations of $5 or more will receive a tax receipt acknowledging their donation.
    • A month later you (Next of Kin) will receive a letter from Tōtara Hospice advising you of the total amount donated from the funeral. Additionally, you will be advised of those who have donated in memory of your loved one (only for those who have passed on details, and no amounts will be identified).

We do have envelopes and donation boxes (pictured to the right) available at Tōtara Hospice if you would like to manage this yourself - to enquire please contact or call on 09 640 0250.

  • Donation In Memory: Making a gift in memory of a cherished loved one is a special thing to do. You can make your donation online here which also gives you the opportunity to leave us the name of your loved one. There are additional ways to donate located here.
  • Memorial Gifts: If you would like to choose a Memorial Gift to leave a lasting memory at Tōtara Hospice, there are a number of personalised options available for you and your family to choose from. These can be viewed in the online Memorial Gifts store or contact Nicole for additional details (09 640 0297 -
  • Forget Me Not Field: Leave a Forget Me Not flower in the virtual garden, with your donation you can choose your preferred flower and leave a personal message and photo. To leave a flower click to visit the 'Forget Me Not Field'

Some families choose to make donations to Tōtara Hospice whilst their loved one is in our care, please know that it is your choice to make a donation, as all of our services are provided free of charge. If you would like to make a donation you can online here or view Ways to Donate.

Making a regular gift to Tōtara Hospice helps future proof our services and provides us with sustainable monthly support to continue to provide our services. To make a regular gift to Tōtara Hospice by credit card, please click here and follow the form to select Monthly Recurring. To organise a direct debit from your bank account, please call (09) 640 0250.

Friends of Hospice is an annual donation of $50 to Tōtara Hospice that supports the day to day running of our services. Additionally you are eligible to vote in the Annual General Meeting. Please complete and return a registration form or for more information on this please call (09) 640 0250.

We are sincerely grateful to those caring people who made or are planning to make a gift in their Will to support our work. Once your family and friends have been provided for, a gift in your Will to Tōtara Hospice will last beyond your lifetime and ensure many more patients and families can be supported in the future. You can be certain that your final act of generosity will help make a real difference to your community. Your solicitor will be able to advise you of the steps to take.

If you would like to speak with someone further about leaving a Legacy with a Gift in your Will please contact us on (09) 640 0208 or email Any enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

To download a copy of our A Guide to Leaving a Legacy please click here.

  • Payroll Giving gives employees the opportunity to donate money to a registered non-profit organisation through their pay.
  • Firstly, check with your employer that they can support Payroll Giving – Once set up, your employer will take care of donating for you and organise your donation directly through your pay.
  • Making donations directly through Payroll Giving to Tōtara Hospice is simple for employees, and eliminates the need to keep receipts to make tax rebate claims each year. You will receive your tax rebate straight away as your PAYE is reduced accordingly, and your full donation will continue to Make Hospice Happen.
  • Payroll giving is a low cost and easy way for employers to support staff who wish to donate to charity, by making it easy for employees to give back to their community. Some workplaces offer encouragement to their staff to donate to charitable organisations by matching their donations dollar for dollar, so ask your employer if this is something they would consider.

For more information on Payroll Giving and on setting up as an employee, please click here.

Please note donated items cannot be used within the Inpatient Unit (IPU) due to Health and Safety requirements. However items can be accepted through the Hospice Shops or as a donation towards fundraising efforts - Please contact Tōtara Hospice on 09 640 0025 if you have any questions.