Kowhai Programme Resources

Psychological Health (Te Taha Hinengaro)

The Emotional Rollercoaster

This discusses the emotional ups and downs through the journey and helps you think about what your triggers are and how to manage these.

5 Ways Resource Series

5 ways resource series provides tips on having challenging conversations that we don't have every day such as how to talk about death and how to help someone who is grieving.


This discusses the losses and our grief responses to these losses through the journey due to all the changes happening and how to cope with these.

Family Health (Te Taha Whanau)

Guide For Carers

'A guide for carers' handbook has been produced by Hospice New Zealand to support carers in the journey of caring for someone who has a life limiting illness.

Navigating the System

Covers various community resources available to assist you through the time ahead. Our social worker Fiona Panirau is available to assist you with accessing these supports if and when needed. Please contact her for assistance on 03 473 6005 or 0800 473 6005.

Managing Your Energy - Carers

Managing Your Energy for Carers

Caring For Your Relationship

This link has information to support carers around caring for your relationship with your partner.


Communication: The tricky business of making yourself clear. Covering common hard conversations and how our different ways of coping can impact on each other with some practical tips to manage.  

Supporting People To Move At Home

This is a helpful e-booklet with practical tips and techniques for carers to support people to move safely at home.


Skylight is an organisation based in Wellington that provides a range of resources to help people through difficult times. They have particularly helpful resources for supporting children.

Work and Income

This link will take you directly to the Work and Income website to assist you with accessing forms for financial assistance.

Funeral Planning

Covers aspects of planning for a funeral for people to consider. Also includes wider resources regarding body donation and 'do it yourself' options.

Spiritual Health (Te Taha Wairua)

Finding Meaning

This information is to assist you in exploring sources of spiritual strength to manage the journey ahead.

Physical Health (Te Taha Tinana)

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end-of-life care. It is about identifying what matters to you.

He Waka Kakarauri

A Model for Engaging Māori in Advance Care Planning (ACP) Conversations

Go Wish Card Game

The Go Wish card game is designed to help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living a life that may be shortened by serious illness. This can be a very useful way of opening up those 'hard basket' conversations with your family/whanau. It also assists with putting together your advance care plan.

Nutrional Needs

Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas

Store Cupboard Essentials

Taste and Smell Changes


Ensure Recipe Book


Covers information relating to medical and non-medical management of this symptom.

My Action Plan

A template to assist you with making an action plan to manage exacerbations of shortness of breath so that other people know how to support you. If you would like support to put this together, ring 0800 473 6005 and speak with a community care coordinator.

Sleep Hygiene

Information to assist you to get a good night sleep, both patients and carers.

Medication Information

Links to help you know more about your medications such as information leaflets and 5 questions to help you discuss medications with your health professionals.