Good Stewardship
Sep 17, 2020

Tamahere Eventide Home: Holistic expansion

Tamahere Eventide Home was opened in 1966 as a 20-bed rest home and has grown significantly over the past 50 years. Most recently, the organisation has begun stage one of a new development after partnering with Christian Savings.

Tamahere initially applied for a loan with their bank. “In reviewing our financing options I did a web search and found Christian Savings. The values and beliefs of both organisations—Tamahere & Christian Savings—matched up very well,” says Louis Fick, CEO of Tamahere.

“We applied to [Christian Savings] for a loan as we had all the information prepared and found the staff very helpful. We received good advice from Dan Mazengarb on the process and he gave us a guiding hand through the application up to approval.”

Today, Tamahere Eventide Home Trust oversees three facilities including Tamahere Eventide Home and Retirement Village, Atawhai Assisi Home & Hospital and Wesley Courts Village. The three sites currently look after 170 rest home, hospital and dementia care beds, 117 retirement villas and 12 rental apartments, totalling potential care for over 300 people.They also oversee community day programmes, chapels and chaplaincy services, as well as a community centre and café.

“Stage 1 of the new development includes building a 24-bed hospital and 16 apartments. This project is progressing very well. Completion is planned for December 2019 and we hope to continue to stage 2 of a further 16 apartments.”

It’s not hard to see why they have experienced such considerable growth over the years, with an inspiring culture to exceed resident/whanau/family/staff expectations and strong values with concern for the wholeness of the person. They provide an environment that meets the needs of the whole person—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

The operations of the Trust have a strong Christian foundation with a vision to provide for the total care needs of the elderly, in a quality-driven, efficient, effective and professional manner, upholding the Christian values and ethos of the Methodist Church.

What also sets Tamahere apart is that the Occupation Right Agreement (ORA) holders of the villas retain the capital gain. This is based on their views of fair treatment of clients and making a fair and reasonable surplus. This is directly in opposition to commercial operators that keep all the capital gains with no benefit to the clients, despite their large investment.

Since partnering with Christian Savings, Tamahere has also started investing surplus capital. “Investing with an organisation that lives out its Christian values in all their dealings and supports Christian organisations in development of services to our communities is the best way to use resources and invest in a better future,” says Louis

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