About us

 

Our Story

We are a group of Pākehā and Māori in the Eastern Bay of Plenty who came together around a common concern: the increasing numbers of seniors/kaumātua 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.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket the people will thrive.

 

A good life at all ages

We are passionate about finding ways we can all make a positive contribution to each other’s lives through:

  • building community connections across generations to enhance well-being
  • focusing on contribution and mutual support
  • working alongside clubs, marae, community organisations, paid services
This is not a paid social service but we want to ensure that everyone who chooses to, can live a good and safe life in their own home and continue to contribute actively to their wider community.

Eastern Bay Villages is not a social or health service. To alleviate loneliness we need to build community, by building deep relationships. Our organisation is a vehicle to discover the gifts,
passions and abilities of people of all ages. We can then work together to find new ways to ensure seniors/kaumātua hold a place in the centre of our communities.

In this TED Talk, Cormac Russell describes this process, and gives examples of how other communities have enabled older people to use their gifts to benefit everyone.

Some of the people behind the scenes

Tamiana Thrupp

Tamiana Thrupp

Co-chair

 
Moana Scott, Ruth Gerzon & Raewyn Kingsley-Smith

Moana Scott, Ruth Gerzon & Raewyn Kingsley-Smith

Trustee, Coordinator, Member

 
David Poole

David Poole

Co-chair

 
Ngaire Lewis

Ngaire Lewis

Trustee

 
Andy Stretton

Andy Stretton

Trustee

 
Patrick Young

Patrick Young

Pou Arahi

 
Ruth Gerzon

Ruth Gerzon

Coordinator

 
Amohaere Tangitu

Amohaere Tangitu

Trustee

 

With thanks to our sponsors

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Address

PO Box 3017
Ōhope
Whakatane 3161

 

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