Where it all began.

In 2006 a small group of volunteers began running the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival at MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach. The purpose was to raise money for the Mary Potter Hospice Kāpiti base and from small beginnings the festival rapidly grew to become a popular annual event.

The primary focus was the sale of strawberries and ice cream with other charitable stalls run by the volunteers selling plants, linen, BBQ’d food, and offering face painting, a bouncy castle, and a massage service. The event was linked together with six hours of continuous music and entertainment based around the central stage.

Over time the Hospice Strawberry Festival has been an important fundraising and public awareness event on the Hospice’s calendar with over 8,000 punnets of strawberries and 1,000 litres of ice cream consumed per year raising thousands of dollars.

Our annual event is now held at Kapiti Primary School - a much bigger space for us to set up 100+ stalls and activities, the main stage providing all day entertainment and demonstrations, and the Mary Potter Hospice strawberry tent - the heart of our sweet little festival.

This year, after reviewing the success of the last two years’ events and taking valuable feedback into consideration, we are really bringing our strawberries back into the fore. We look forward to bringing another brilliant day out to Kāpiti in November.

Mary Potter Hospice - supporting our community.

Mary Potter Hospice provides quality palliative care services - all free-of-charge - across Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti. The hospice supports people in their own homes, in aged residential care or wherever they live. The Inpatient Unit and head office is in Newtown and supports community care with short term acute admissions for symptom and pain relief, for respite care and for end-of-life care. There are community bases in Porirua and Kāpiti which the community teams work from.

The Hospice takes a whole person approach to the care that they provide. They provide high-quality and promote specialist palliative care, grief support, education and care planning services. The Hospice works alongside other healthcare practitioners with the aim of making a difference in the communities that they serve.

Every donation counts.

The money received from the Kāpiti Coast Strawberry Festival makes a huge contribution to helping keep the service free for the people of Kāpiti. The money is retained in Kāpiti and spent on the care of the patients.

Donate directly to Mary Potter Hospice here.