“We will get through this together, but only if we stick together so please be strong and be kind.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 
March 2020

These words addressed to the nation as the country was announced to be moving into level 4 lockdown to fight the pandemic. COVID-19 has devastated the livelihood of countless kiwi families and we are still battling the virus and recovering from the effects today.

We were inspired by our team of 5 million and decided to embark on a project that would empower our community and help those who need it the most.

TOGETHER is a partnership with Harbour Hospice, where $1 will be donated with every bottle sold. The TOGETHER Pinot Gris is bright and refreshing. Produced at Matakana Estate this will retail for $14.99. The label was created by design student Hannah Russell, which reflects in a playful and light-hearted way how we had to be physically apart at times, but always together in community spirit.

What is Harbour Hospice?

Harbour Hospice is the only specialist, palliative care provider for families living in the North Shore, Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth/Wellsford communities. They provide compassionate care free-of-charge, working with patients, families, and carers. Their services include nursing and medical care, counselling, social work, cultural and spiritual support and much more, with an emphasis on helping people live every moment in whatever way is important to them.

Impact of Covid-19:

Harbour Hospice is an essential service and has continued to deliver specialist, palliative care across our communities at all Alert Levels. Transforming their way of working to accommodate the restrictions and prioritise the wellbeing of patients, staff, and volunteers.

In 2020, many fundraising events were cancelled or postponed. Their 17 Hospice shops which normally raise over $4 million net needed each year were forced to shut during Alert Levels 3 and 4. This has had devastating impacts on funding and on their volunteers and staff.

The money raised will help fill the funding hole created by the cancellation of key community events throughout the Covid-19 period last year.

A note from the CEOs

“As a charity and service that welcomes families and whanau with open arms – staying home, self-isolating, wearing masks and keeping our distance was a foreign and tough concept to adapt to. Being physically ‘together’ suddenly was not achievable. Despite this, our frontline staff remained committed to providing the best care possible.

We are incredibly grateful that Matakana Estate has chosen to support our Warkworth/Wellsford community with this project. The funds raised will help us to continue to provide specialist palliative care and support for local patients and their families.”

Harbour Hospice Chief Executive, Jan Nichols

“2020 was an incredibly difficult year for families and local businesses. The core focus of the TOGETHER project is to raise funds for a charity dedicated to helping those in need and to uplift the community. We are proud of the strength and kindness that New Zealand has displayed during these tough times. Harbour Hospice is an embodiment of the generous Kiwi spirit and we are very happy to be supporting them.”

Matakana Estate CEO, Chrissy Lu