New Hospice head is wel­comed in Ro­torua

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

A new era for Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hospice has be­gun with its new chief ex­ec­u­tive wel­comed into the role.

Jonathon Hag­ger was wel­comed with a po¯ hiri and morn­ing tea at the Ro­torua Hospice build­ing on Mon­day morn­ing.

Jonathon says he is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the team and work­ing with them all to make hospice the char­ity of choice for Ro­torua.

He says his goal is to pro­vide a lis­tener to the needs of the com­mu­nity, staff and stake­hold­ers.

“I am aware of the love and sup­port the trust gives to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

He says Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hospice is a great or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause of the care and sup­port it pro­vides at the end of some­one’s life.

“It’s a very sen­si­tive and emo­tional time. Hospice is there to sup­port both the pa­tient and the fam­ily around them.”

He says the hospice nurses are there to help ex­plain phases and guide the fam­ily, which is im­por­tant.

“It can be a very scary time if you don’t know what is hap­pen­ing.”

Jonathon was pre­vi­ously the Stu­dent Pulse gen­eral man­ager at

Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, the in­sti­tute’s stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive as­so­ci­a­tion.

He says he is equally ner­vous and ex­cited to start his new role at Ro­torua Hospice.

“I was for­tu­nate to be able to go to the na­tional hospice con­fer­ence held about three weeks ago, so that acted as an in­duc­tion pro­gramme.”

He says there are a num­ber of staff at Ro­torua Hospice he has worked with pre­vi­ously through the in­sti­tute, so there are some re­la­tion­ships al­ready there.

“I am ex­cited to join Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hospice and sup­port the team who pro­vide high qual­ity pal­lia­tive care for the rohe and in par­tic­u­lar the peo­ple of Te Arawa.”

Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hospice chair­man Fraser Wood says they are ex­cited to wel­come Jonathon to be part of the hospice team, and look for­ward to a new era in hospice work.

“He brings a re­ally great skill set to lead hospice into the fu­ture, and both the Board of Trustees and staff are ex­cited about the fu­ture.”

Photo / Sup­plied

Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hospice’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathon Hag­ger (left) and long-stand­ing Ro­torua Hospice vol­un­teer Pare Aratema at the wel­com­ing.

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