Nau mai, haere mai.
We are people in the Eastern Bay of Plenty who came together around a common concern: the increasing numbers of seniors/pakeke in our communities who are isolated and vulnerable. As families become smaller and more scattered it has become difficult for older people to live well in their own homes. We are exploring ways to re-create the community support we experienced back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
- build community connections across generations to enhance well-being
- focus on contribution and mutual support
- work alongside clubs, marae, community organisations, paid services
An organisation based on membership, we welcome members of all ages, and invite them to use their skills and interests and time, to benefit others. Our ability to do something for others gives our lives purpose and meaning. Health and social services refer seniors/pakeke who need some support to us and we connect them with members with similar interests.
We are not a health or social service, but work alongside home and personal care providers, filling in gaps beyond their reach. We alleviate loneliness by connecting people and encouraging deep relationships.
In this TED Talk, Cormac Russell shows how other communities have enabled older people to use their gifts to benefit everyone.
Thriving, inclusive and connected communities, where everyone has a sense of purpose, belonging, and well-being.
To foster well-being for seniors / pakeke in our communities, whānau/hapū/iwi by promoting mutual support and reciprocal relationships.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our commitment to Te Tiriti is reflected in our ‘two whare’ board with Māori and Pākehā co-chairs, and made manifest in our work and relationships with iwi/hapū as well as our mainstream communities.
Some of the people behind the scenes
Tuhoe Cultural Representative
Moana Scott, Ruth Gerzon & Raewyn Kingsley-Smith
Trustee, Coordinator, Member