Nau mai haere mai ki Eastern Bay Villages, Te Kokoru Manaakitanga

“Ko koe, ko au, ko mātou ko tātou, ngātahi he hāpori tātau”

“You, me, we, us; together we make a community”

Contact us to find out more

easternbayvillages@gmail.com

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.

We

  • 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.

Our Vision

Thriving, inclusive and connected communities, where everyone has a sense of purpose, belonging, and well-being.

 

Our Mission

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.

Awhi & Support

Benefits for Members

Being part of a connected and supportive community.

Awhi mai, awhi atu, tātou tātou e.

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Some of the people behind the scenes

Amohaere Tangitu

Amohaere Tangitu

Co-chair

 
Tamiana Thrupp

Tamiana Thrupp

Tuhoe Cultural Representative

 
Ngaire Lewis

Ngaire Lewis

Trustee

 
Andy Stretton

Andy Stretton

Trustee

 
Moana Scott, Ruth Gerzon & Raewyn Kingsley-Smith

Moana Scott, Ruth Gerzon & Raewyn Kingsley-Smith

Trustee, Coordinator, Member

 
Jo-Anne Tahuri

Jo-Anne Tahuri

Pou Arahi

Paula Hocken

Paula Hocken

Coordinator, Edgecumbe

David Poole

David Poole

Co-chair

 
Ruth Gerzon

Ruth Gerzon

Coordinator

 
Janet Milbank

Janet Milbank

Administrator

With thanks to our funders

Contact us

Address

PO Box 3017
Ōhope
Whakatane 3161

 

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