Trees of Remembrance


Hospice Trees of Remembrance are once again appearing around the Eastern Bay, offering people the opportunity to leave a message to loved ones, friends and pets who’re no longer with them this festive season.


Remembrance Trees are a long held tradition run by Hospice’s around the country. Community members are invited to write a message on a card to loved ones who’ve passed away. The card is then placed on a Remembrance Tree and a voluntary donation can be made to Hospice.


From Monday 5th November to Friday 10th December, Remembrance Trees will be placed outside the BNZ Whakatane, New World Whakatane and Opotiki stores and Tarawera Court in Kawerau.


When the trees are returned to Hospice the special messages are removed from the trees with the utmost respect and care. This year Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty will be partnering with Willets Funeral Services in their annual remembrance ceremony at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th December where the cards will be dedicated before being bought back to Hospice and buried in the gardens.


Caring Connections in Our Community


Whakatane Farmers will once again be supporting Hospice EBOP by running the Tree of Remembrance campaign from 21 November to 24 December 2016.


Farmers has very kindly produced 8,000 baubles to be sold across all stores. There is one design this year, by NZ artist FLOX, Hayley King.


The baubles will retail for $10 and all proceeds will be donated to the local hospice service.


The baubles will be sold in Farmers stores only, and will be on-sale in stores mid-October.